Since July began Illinois drivers have been paying double what they used to pay in taxes at the pump a result of the General Assembly’s Rebuild Illinois capital spending plan.
The increase, from 19 to 38 cents, will help fund various infrastructure projects around the state for the next six years.
“People who contact me don’t appreciate sometimes that we had to do it by a gas tax but the reality is we have to do something to invest in Illinois and that means what we are doing today,” State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) said.
Passing the bill was an effort by both sides of the aisle in Springfield.
“There are not republican roads or democrat roads they are just roads and we all need to have them fixed, so we worked together to get that done,” State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) said.
Koehler said that though no one wants to pay more taxes the changes to the roads will be worth it.
“They do the asphalt in a seamless pour so you don’t have that center line problem with the freezing and thawing. This is state of the art technology for roads and these are gonna last minimum 15 years, I would guess 20 to 30 years,” he said.
The pair visited a Twin-Cities asphalt distributor before stopping by a work zone on I-74 near Carlock to see where the money is going and how it is impacting their constituents.
“The materials that are going to very area of construction and the state of Illinois and my district come from my district. That’s going to mean for jobs. What does that mean? That means more people are going to pay taxes into our state, have jobs and be part of our economy,” Brady said.