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Now is the time to address the urban-rural divide in road maintenance

US 60 Pinto Creek Bridge. Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation

As Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, I have introduced legislation co-sponsored by House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Senate President Karen Fann to remedy this problem. My proposal will set the rate per gallon for gas and propane motor vehicle fuel at 24 cents and increase it to 30 cents in 2021 and 36 cents in 2022. Electric and hybrid vehicles would be subject to a corresponding road usage fee to ensure they pay their fair share for road maintenance in Arizona.

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Booming economy brings jobs, a vibrant lifestyle, to Arizona

Downtown Phoenix is experiencing a boom in development. Many of the vacant or sparse patches of the city’s core are filling in with apartment and condo complexes, adding more than 2,000 spaces. (Photo by Lindsay Robinson/Cronkite News)

In just a few years, new business and higher education centers have emerged downtown along with many more housing and entertainment options and a soon-to-be-completed new grocery outlet in the center of the city. In cities across the state, the downtown area no longer goes dark after 5 p.m., but is a place where people live, work and socialize throughout the day.

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