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Texas Lt. Governor Considers Steering Some Sales Taxes to Road Projects

Texas Lt. Governor Considers Steering Some Sales Taxes to Road Projects

Dewhurst considers steering some sales taxes to road projects

12:00 AM CST on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News
gjeffers@dallasnews.com

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Tuesday that he wouldn't support a tax increase to fund the state's exploding transportation needs, though he did have an idea for where to get some of the money needed to build roads.

Dewhurst said he would study whether to allow sales taxes from businesses on or near new roads to be diverted from the state's general revenue fund to pay the principal and interest on the transportation project. The businesses and the new roads would in essence form a domain similar to a tax increment finance district.

"I'm not going to call for a huge increase in taxes in the middle of a recession," Dewhurst told The Dallas Morning News' editorial board. "We're going to need to widen a lot of roads, to build a lot of roads. The question is, where will you look first?"

His plan would require legislation, which Dewhurst said passed through the Senate this year but died in the House... FULL ARTICLE

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