* Kankakee Daily Journal…
Also this year, [Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst, R-Kankakee] opposed increasing the gas tax to 38 cents per gallon, from 19 cents. It was the first hike in nearly three decades.
She said she was against increasing the tax so much at once. Under the new law, the tax would rise with the inflation rate. She said the state should have had inflationary increases over the years.
“We should have made sure we had infrastructure funded all along,” Parkhurst said.
Elected in 2016, Parkhurst said she was for proposed road improvements near the expanding CSL Behring plant near Bourbonnais. That will likely be made possible because of a $45 billion highway bill that state lawmakers passed earlier this year. Parkhurst voted against that bill because it also included the gas tax hike.
Gotta start somewhere, Representative. If the Motor Fuel Tax had kept up with inflation after it was last increased, it would be 38 cents per gallon today.