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CAPITOL BEAT EXTRA: Lawmakers discuss conditions of roads and infrastructure


CHARLESTON, WV (WVVA) With every passing day, the roads you travel on around the Mountain state encounter thousands of cars.

While fixing roads are always a high priority for lawmakers, many are questioning where they'll find that money.

"Roads are jobs,” says Delegate Mick Bates (D). “And by investing in West Virginia, and investing in West Virginia infrastructure we can put people to work, but we've got to come up with some money to do it."

No matter what side of the aisle lawmakers sit on, they all agree that something needs to be done about the state's infrastructure and roads.

"We're under the clock right now and there's really been no serious discussion on this side of the building about trying to find a sustainable funding source for our roads,” says Bates. “So we talk about a lot of things but we haven't done a lot about our infrastructure needs. So I think that's something that we really need to focus on as the clock winds down here people expect us to do something."

In the Senate, lawmakers have proposed a bill that would bring about $200 million to the state road funds by increasing fees at the DMV, and increasing sales tax as well as diesel tax, but not all lawmakers think those taxes are necessary.

"The state road fund has been funded pretty well based upon the road audit,” says Delegate Marty Gearheart (R). “We had $162 million, 13.6% of that budget that was unexpended last year. I think the question within the Division of Highways is the efficiency of that department."

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