Top House Republican pitches gas tax alternative to JFC

By Amy Cherry 5:51pm, March 19, 2014 - Updated 7:54am, March 20, 2014
The State House Minority Leader makes his appeal to the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) for a gas tax alternative.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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Rep. Dan Short wants the JFC to move DelDOT's operating budget from the Transportation Trust Fund back into the General Fund.

Short says his plan would cost $38 million a year for seven years.

"Those folks have found ways to deal with shortfalls in the General Fund before, and $38 million is a number that sounds big, but in the realm of the total budget is not a huge number," said Short.

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The Seaford Republican says the plan would free up $1 billion for infrastructure improvements.

"Now we're in a dilemma of how we're going to build roads and put people to work, so we've got a take a hard step at some point, and that's get this job done," said Short.

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Governor Markell doesn't support the Republican's plan and prefers a 10-cent per gallon gas tax hike, that's not gaining much traction on either side of the aisle.

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