Drivers in Kentucky could pay an extra 10 cents per gallon at the pump while owners of hybrid and electric cars might pay fees up to $150 per year as part of a bipartisan proposal designed to jump-start the state's stagnant road fund.
Kentucky has a backlog of more than $1 billion in road-paving projects and roughly 1,000 bridges that need to be repaired or replaced.
In two years, $700 million in federal money for local public transportation systems will be at risk unless the state can find an extra $100 million to meet funding requirements.
To pay for those things, House Bill 609 would raise the gas tax by 10 cents per gallon.
That would generate an extra $300 million per year for roads.
About half of that money would go to the road fund.