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July 25, 2014, 3:37 pm
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Business-Labor Coalition Calls For More Investment In Infrastructure -- And Higher Taxes


A coalition of business and labor groups is calling for Illinois to make a much bigger investment in infrastructure… and for substantial new revenues to pay for it. 

 

The Transportation for Illinois Coalition says the state should invest $1.8 billion a year in road, bridge and mass transit improvements.  The group says if nothing is done, one-third of Illinois roadways and 10-percent of the state’s bridges would be in unacceptable condition by 2018. 

 

The group… whose members include the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and numerous trades and labor groups… says the projects can be funded through multiple sources, including increasing the motor fuel tax on gasoline by four cents a gallon and creating a state sales tax on automotive services like oil changes and auto repair.

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