The Latest: Harwell alternative to gas tax fizzles in House

Apr 12, 2017

House Speaker Beth Harwell and Gov. Bill Haslam
Credit capitol.tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell's effort to strip any fuel tax increases from fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's road funding proposal has fizzled — at least for now.

Haslam's proposal was approved by the House Finance Committee after a proposed rewrite of the bill was withdrawn.

The measure now heads to the House Calendar and Rules Committee, which in nearly all cases is a formality for getting a floor vote scheduled. But with Harwell's ongoing efforts to scuttle the tax, the panel made up of committee chairmen and other legislative leaders may present another chance to try to halt the measure's progress.

The speaker's supporters also threatened to try to amend the bill if it reaches the floor.

Haslam argues his proposal represents a net tax cut for Tennesseans because of reductions in other areas.