NC gas tax proposal

Senate Republicans announced a plan to cut and freeze NC gas tax to 35 cents per gallon starting March 1.

According to Senator Andrew Brock the proposal changes how the gas tax is calculated, providing much needed funding stability to help protect critical transportation projects.

"This balanced plan provides tax relief for all North Carolina drivers while helping ensure the state has the long-term resources necessary to build and maintain safe roadways, bridges and economic corridors," said Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham.)

The gas tax makes up almost 70% of the fund to maintain roads and bridges and 60% of the state Department of Transportation's budget.

The system used now has been around for more than a quarter century and makes it difficult for the state to plan and fund road projects.