Delaware Lawmakers Contemplate Funding Road Projects

Mar 30, 2015

Credit Don Rush

There’s a $780 million funding deficit over the next six years for repairing the roads and bridges in the state of Delaware.

Lawmakers are considering a number of options including hiking fees and taxes.

But Governor Jack Markell and legislators have not been able to see eye to eye on how to pay for new transportation projects.

WBOC reports that last year the governor had sought a 10-cent hike in the gas tax as well as seeking bonds to find money for the $500 million improvements over the next 5 years.

But, on a bipartisan basis that plan was rejected.

So, the governor called on legislators to come up with their own financing plan.

They are now considering a proposal that is similar to the one the governor suggested to raise taxes for whole sale fuel deliveries.