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Ex-Gov. Robert Bentley takes aim at gas tax

Rickey Stokes

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Date: Mar 13 2019 1:43 PM

Robert Bentley, Alabama’s former governor, is taking exception to the idea that the state’s roads and bridges went unmaintained for years and that the new gasoline tax is the only solution to the problem.


In an op-ed for Alabama Today, Bentley points to the Alabama Transportation Road Improvement Program, launched by his administration in 2012, as a non-tax way to improve transportation.


“ATRIP was an answered prayer, allowing local governments the ability to access future federal dollars for road improvement projects that were needed immediately. All they had to do was match 20 percent and (federal) bonds would make up for the remaining 80 percent needed to get the projects going,” Bentley wrote.


“Since then over 1,000 ATRIP projects have been completed for a total of $1.2 billion,” he added. “Over 94 percent of the projects were completed using Alabama-based contractors. ATRIP is the largest road and bridge project in the state’s history.


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