Proposal would freeze Illinois’ gas tax increase for two years

(The Center Square) – Illinois has one of the highest gasoline taxes in the country, so now some Illinois lawmakers want to prevent the tax from increasing for two years.

The gas tax in Illinois is just over 45 cents per gallon and will increase to 47 cents in July.

“People that are having to drive to work that need some relief because clearly we know that inflation is eating into everybody’s budget,” said state Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur.   

Caulkins said his proposal, House Bill 5852, is different from Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to eliminate the grocery tax because communities around the state depend on that money to help run their governments. He also said freezing the gas tax won’t affect bridge and road projects around the state which are funded by the gas tax.

“This does not take any money out of the projects, we’ve got $5
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