Infrastructure is top priority for some state leaders

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The state is less than two months away from the session where Alabama lawmakers will discuss top priorities including money for infrastructure.

President Pro Tempore Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said Gov. Kay Ivey wants a reasonable gas tax increase with a possible growth mechanism in there.

The gas tax has not seen an increase since 1992.

“Much of the public does not realize that every penny that they pay at the pump goes to road and bridge repair,” he said. “It doesn’t go anywhere else in the general fund. It is strictly for that.”

Sen. Marsh has met with stakeholders and experts the last few months about Alabama’s current infrastructure status.

“What we’ve got to do and what we’ve tried to do is gather the information we can to make decisions on infrastructure and to get that to our members,” Marsh said.

Rep. Mac McCutcheon, R-Huntsville, also talked about infrastructure in his speech Tuesday afternoon.

“Building a better Alabama means building better roads and better bridges so Alabamians can travel safely and conveniently and businesses can transport their goods without needless delay,” McCutcheon said.

Lawmakers will discuss the issue in more detail when they gather for session in March.

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