Some North Carolina lawmakers have a remedy for the state’s transportation funding shortfall. They want to rely less on the gasoline tax and more on higher car sales taxes, driving and insurance fees.
The House Transportation Committee wants to talk Tuesday about legislation filed by the panel’s chairmen. No votes are scheduled. The meeting will likely prove a barometer for Republican leaders as to whether colleagues are interested in pressing forward.
The bill would reduce the state’s gasoline tax from 36 cents to 30 cents July 1, but at the same time would increase Division of Motor Vehicle fees by 50 percent and raise the car sales tax from 3 percent to 4 percent.
The insurance industry is also concerned about a proposed premium tax on all auto policies.
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