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Thu March 5, 2009
Road Plan Could Be Ready For Vote By Friday
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – House and Senate leaders have been talking privately for several weeks with Governor Beshear and state Transportation officials about the road plan. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the document could be ready for public scrutiny sometime today. "We think the members will be happy with what they see. We worked very hard to develop a workable plan that our members were comfortable with. And we're obviously going to show them that plan and see if there is enough of them willing to freeze these pennies."
Stumbo says the plan recommends freezing the current state gasoline tax at 21-point-one cents per gallon, which would raise 128-million dollars a year for the state's depleted road fund. If lawmakers don't freeze the tax, which is based on the wholesale price of gasoline, it's scheduled to drop by four cents on April 1st.