Senate leader Phil Berger's office is highlighting a range of support for the gas tax bill making its way to the Senate floor on Wednesday.
The plan would cut the tax on March 1, but set a floor that analysts say in a consensus forecast would generate an additional $1.2 billion in gas tax revenue for the state. In other words, it represents an increase in taxes in the long run.
Berger's office says the plan "will provide much-needed funding stability to help protect critical transportation projects and maintain safe roads, bridges and economic corridors."
His office issued a statement Wednesday highlighting support from the N.C. Chamber, the state's main business lobby, as well as AAA Carolinas and the N.C. League of Municipalities, among others.
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Those entities all said it was important to maintain transportation funding.
Two other groups - the conservative Americans For Prosperity and the liberal Progress N.C. Action - had both criticized the plan as an unneeded tax hike.