BOBBY HARRISON: Taxation atmosphere isn’t like 1987

Cars are becoming much more energy efficient, meaning people are having to purchase less gasoline for their travels.

The staff of the Legislature’s Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Committee concluded there is a “growing needs to maintain our state roads, but….with more efficient vehicles on the horizon, the motor fuel taxes we have relied upon to fund state programs and state aid projects in the past will not be reliable in the future.”

No doubt, good arguments for additional revenue for transportation needs are being made. But without the support of Bryant and the legislative leadership, all those arguments likely will result in little if any action.

At the very least, Johnson and Simmons face more obstacles than did their counterparts in 1987.

Bobby Harrison
Daily Journal
7/24/13