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2014 House Bill 5492: Earmark some state use tax to roads
  1. Introduced by Rep. Earl Poleski (R) on April 29, 2014, to earmark 1.0 percent of the revenue from the 6.0 percent state use tax to road projects (meaning one-sixth of the revenue from this tax would go to roads). See also House Bill 5459. Reportedly this would generate around $250 million annually for roads.
    • Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on April 29, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on May 7, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on May 8, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 8, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on May 8, 2014, to earmark part of the diverted revenue to municipal bus and transit spending. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 8, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on May 8, 2014, to earmark part of the diverted revenue to spending on road preservation projects (as opposed to building new roads, lanes, etc.). The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 8, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on May 8, 2014, to sunset the proposed earmark as of Sept. 30 2021. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 8, 2014.
  2. Passed 91 to 18 in the House on May 8, 2014, to earmark 1.0 percent of the revenue from the 6.0 percent state use tax to road projects (meaning one-sixth of the revenue from this tax would go to roads). See also House Bill 5459. Reportedly this would generate around $250 million annually for roads. This is one of several bills in a House road funding package that together would increase road funding by around $500 million annually, with most of the money from repurposing current tax revenue, and a relatively small amount from increased taxes and fees.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 13, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Infrastructure Modernization Committee on May 13, 2014.

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