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Bill would fund Ill. capital program with gas tax

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 4:05 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker says she plans to file legislation that would pay for a capital construction program with the state's sales tax on gasoline.

State Rep. Elaine Nekritz said Wednesday that her legislation would mean $400 million for construction projects next year and $800 million in additional years.

Illinois' sales tax on gasoline is 6.25 percent. The state's share of money from the tax currently is sent to the state's general revenue fund. But the Northbrook Democrat's legislation would divert that money to capital construction if an extension of the state's tax increase is approved.

Democratic lawmakers are working to gather votes to extend the income tax increase. Individual rates are scheduled to drop in January from 5 percent to 3.75 percent, creating a loss of $1.8 billion in revenue.

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