Speaker Philip Gunn made it clear to a room full of business leaders Thursday that the House is wasting no time to take action on roads and bridges.
“Second day of the session, three of my committees in the House met and passed out some of those ideas and we’re going to continue to meet,” said Gunn.
At the end of the last session, the House tried to force discussions on new money for roads and bridges. They’re back to trying again this year.
“We’re trying to propose ideas, all of which, take money out of existing dollars through savings or the redirecting of existing dollars or out of growth,” added Gunn. “We think they are solid ideas that deserve some consideration.”
The proposals include $50 million in bonds and redirecting 50 percent of the growth in years the economy grows by more than 2 percent. Another would devote a portion of voluntary online sales tax collections to roads and bridges. That’s an idea the Governor is in favor of.