ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) joined Capitol Connection to explain how his proposal for a $2.4 billion tax increase could provide a more stable, permanent funding source to repair roads and bridges in the state. 

Sandoval’s plan, which is supported by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, would raise the motor fuel tax from 19 cents to 44 cents per gallon. It would also double the driver’s license fee from $30 to $60, raise the vehicle registration fee another $50 up to $148, and would jack up the cost to register an electric vehicle in the state from $17.50 to $1,000.

“I’m proposing a transformational model to the way we invest in our infrastructure,” Sandoval said. “I’m proposing a capital bill that does away with coming back to Springfield every 10 years to find revenue to invest in our trains and our roads and our bridges and our highways. It is a capital bill with a dedicated revenue stream that is tied to inflation from here on out so we don’t have to do this every 10 years.

“It’s cheaper to get a license for an electric vehicle today than it is to get a pack of cigarettes. There’s a problem with that,” Sandoval said. “Listen, if you’re going to use the roads, you should pay.

“I’m for saving the ozone layer. I’m for being green. But if you’re using the roads, you should pay your fair share,” Sandoval said.