Legislators to discuss possible cap on gas tax
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RALEIGH — Drivers in North Carolina already face one of the highest gas taxes in the country and state lawmakers may prevent the rate from climbing even higher.
When the General Assembly convenes for a mini session this week, legislators may consider a cap on the gas tax. Some drivers like the idea considering the high prices they are already paying at the pump. However, the State Budget and Tax Center said the tax helps fund road and highway improvements and capping the gas tax would limit available funding
"It funds projects that fill potholes. It fills projects that construct new roads, that maintain old roads, that build and maintain bridges and it's a way for us to put construction workers back to work," said Jeff Shaw with the N.C. Budget and Tax Center.
THE Department of Transportation reports the Department of Revenue calculates and sets the state gas tax every six months. The next scheduled gas tax adjustment is Jan. 1.