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August 28, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Business/Labor/Trade Coalition Pushes for Infrastructure Investments


A coalition of business, labor and trade groups is pushing the state to invest another $1.8 billion a year for road and bridge repairs and mass transit upgrades.

 

The Transportation For Illinois Coalition says its proposal…which would raise motor fuel taxes and impose a sales tax on automotive-related services like oil changes… would result in a “pay as you go” system that would make roads and bridges safer and make it easier to move goods through the state.

 

In addition to the tax hikes, the proposal also requires motor fuel proceeds that currently go to the state’s general fund to be dedicated to infrastructure repairs… which could add another $800 million to the state’s general revenue shortfall.

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