Ky. Senate OKs Plan To Block Gas Tax Reduction

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State lawmakers agreed Friday to block a
drop in Kentucky's gas tax to help pay for billions of dollars worth of road and bridge projects.

The Senate approved a plan to prevent a 4-cents-per-gallon drop in Kentucky's gasoline tax. Meanwhile, the House approved the road projects bill on an 87-3 vote.

Both measures head to Gov. Steve Beshear for consideration. Beshear has said he's supportive of the plans.

Kentucky's 22.5-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax will become the minimum rate. A fluctuation in the wholesale price of gasoline was the cause of the looming change.

House and Senate lawmakers have said the money is needed to help fund the road proposal that's crammed with about $3.7 billion worth of road projects. Lawmakers have authorized about $1.4 billion of state and federal money.
The legislation is House Bill 374 and House Bill 330.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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