Gas pump advertising campaign targets Indiana fuel tax hike

Posted at 8:04 AM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 13:03:26-05
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ads opposing a Republican plan to use higher fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure repairs will soon adorn gas pumps across Indiana.
Raising taxes are a tricky sell in a red state like Indiana, where lawmakers are much more accustomed to cutting taxes than raising them.
The ads at gas pumps, filling stations and convenience stores will include the contact information for state lawmakers. The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, which is launching the campaign, hopes it will lead motorists to voice opposition to the plan.
The proposal in the Legislature would raise gas prices by a dime a gallon - or 20 cents a gallon for diesel.
More than a dozen states, including Indiana, are considering an increase in fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure upgrades.