Governor Kay Ivey was in Mobile today just days ahead of the first organizational session of 2019 with lawmakers. One hot topic on the table is the possibility of an increase in the gas tax. Governor Ivey supports an increase.
"That's an Alabama problem and it must have an Alabama solution," said Governor Ivey.
Legislators have been in talks about a possible gas tax increase for a while now. The last increase was 27 years ago, in 1992. There were attempts in 2016 and 2017 but they both failed.
The main reason is to route more money to help fix the state's declining infrastructure.
"There are several things that have been neglected over the years for whatever reason and its time that Alabama stepped up to the plate," Ivey explained.
The state's current fuel tax is at 18 cents per gallon. 45 percent of that goes to a state road and bridge fund and 55 percent is passed down to local governments.
Here in Mobile, we're seeing some of the lowest gas prices we've seen in recent years. But a tax increase could change that. Some folks say they've already spent enough money fixing their cars from the roads and they don't want to pay more.
"If anything they need to be lowering the taxes," said Marcus Pettaway. "A lot of people is struggling around here nowadays. I don't see the gas tax."
The governor's office says Governor Ivey has been meeting with lawmakers concerning this and will continue meeting with legislative leadership until the beginning of the regular session in March.
They weren't able to tell us exactly how much of an increase they're looking to add.