CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois lawmakers are considering a proposal that would raise the state's gas tax by 19 cents a gallon to pay for transportation infrastructure repairs.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Democratic Sen. Martin Sandoval of Chicago introduced the measure last week. It could raise an additional $2 billion in revenue annually and would be the state’s first gas tax increase since 1990.
The bill also proposes raising fees for driver's licenses and vehicle registration.
Sandoval says he hopes to start a conversation about investing in transportation.
Transportation advocates say a sustainable funding source is needed to improve deteriorating bridges and purchase new trains.
The Illinois Policy Institute says the state's existing gas tax is already high. The conservative think tank says officials should focus on eliminating waste and corruption.