Texas Mulls Alternatives to the Gas Tax

Over the next several months, hundreds of electric and plug-in hybrid cars will arrive in Texas cities. The vehicles will emit little pollution and generally be far cheaper to operate than conventional vehicles. For the state government, however, the advent of alternative-fuel vehicles creates a long-term concern: They will generate little or no gas tax revenue — a key funding source that the state relies on to keep roads and bridges in good repair.

Texas has not raised its gasoline tax since 1991, despite a fast-swelling population and rising costs of road construction (especially for materials such as steel and asphalt ...

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