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Group Opposes New Gas Tax

(Springfield, IL) -- Gas prices in Illinois are among the highest in the country and a new gas tax could force drivers to pay even more at the pump.   Bill Fleischli with the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, says that'll put an undue burden on drivers and businesses.  

"When they say this program only wants 4 cents on gallon of gas, that is not what is actually going to happen. If the 20% sales tax incentive goes away, it will go up about six more cents, making it about 10-11 cents more at the pump" said Fleischli.

The Transportation for Illinois Coalition is asking lawmakers to boost the tax by four-cents-per-gallon because funding for the capital construction program is set to expire this year.  They say the extra money will generate enough money to makes sure bad roads and bridges can be fixed up.   Gas station owners disagree.  They say the state is already bringing in more than a-billion-dollars-a-year from the gas tax and much of that money isn't being used for roads, like it's supposed to be. 

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