Advocates Warn of Transportation Funding Drop-off

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Transportation advocates who want to increase taxes on motor fuel are pointing to a murky federal funding picture to bolster their case.

The Transportation for Illinois Coalition plans to send a letter to Illinois lawmakers Tuesday pointing out the federal endowment for highways could go bankrupt this summer.

The letter – obtained in advance by The Associated Press – says even if federal officials fix the situation, money for Illinois roads, bridges and transit will fall precipitously in the next five years.

The coalition wants a 4-cents-a-gallon tax increase on gasoline and a 7-cent hike on diesel fuel to help build an annual fund of $1.8 billion for construction.

The Illinois Department of Transportation concedes the budget for road-building drops off in coming years with funding uncertainty.

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