FRANKFORT — “We’ve had a couple of members from both sides saying it’s such a huge document they’d like a little more time to look at it,” said Thompson. “So we’ll give them that time and come back in tomorrow and vote it out.”
Adkins subsequently said the same thing, that some lawmakers simply wanted more time to review the 252-page bill.
Thompson and Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, the budget chairman who sponsored the revenue bill, both said they could defend locking in the higher gas taxes because failing to do so would cost the road fund about $100 million, a little less than half of which goes back to counties for local road maintenance and improvements.
But Hoover argued that the last time lawmakers set a floor on the gas tax in 2009, they promised the public that they would allow the tax to fall — at least to the floor set in 2009 — as well as rise with wholesale prices.
Republicans are likely to make an issue of the tax in the fall elections, but Thompson said he can defend keeping the $100 million to repair winter-damaged roads.
Ronnie Ellis writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at email@example.com. Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cnhifrankfort.