Will new Texas lawmakers agree to pay for roads? (Star-Telegram)

December 5, 2012 – Reducing Texas’ reliance on debt and tolls to build roads may be a way to sell state Legislators on an increase in the gas tax or vehicle registration fees, a panel of experts told North Texas leaders Wednesday. Lawrence Olsen, executive vice president of Texas Good Roads and Transportation Association, said he didn’t think lawmakers would be willing to raise the gas tax during the 2013 session. The state’s motor fuels tax – 20 cents per gallon for gasoline – hasn’t been raised since 1991. But Olsen said he does think state leaders are receptive to finding new funding methods for transportation projects.

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