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With the Texas Department of Transportation facing a multibillion-dollar shortfall, lawmakers this session took aim at so-called gas tax diversions.
Currently, not all of the 20-cent state gas tax that Texans pay goes to road work. But budget writers this session managed to end about $1.3 billion of those diversions, in which gas tax money was going to pay for other items, mainly the Department of Public Safety.
Under the Texas Constitution, a quarter of state gas tax revenue still goes to education. Of the revenue that does make it into the state highway fund, nearly all of it is used by TxDOT to fund road work or pay off debt.
Updated: May 31, 2015
- Dedicating car sales taxes to the highway fund
- Ensuring all gas tax revenue goes to the highway fund
- Banning texting while driving
- Reviewing state policies on toll roads
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