MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WPMI) — Alabama Governor Kay Ivey says freshman lawmakers who were interested in running for the house and senate were briefed on the need for the infrastructure bill and if they weren't in support of it they were told not to run.
Ivey signed the bill into law Tuesday after the Alabama senate passed it.
Gas in Alabama will go up six cents per gallon beginning September first.
Then two more cents, each year for two years.
The plan is expected to raise $320 million a year for road and construction maintenance.
In that interview Gov. Ivey made it clear how important it was to pass this bill.
"All freshman who ran for house and senate were briefed on the need for the infrastructure bill well before they were elected and they were vetted by the house and senate leadership and if they were not for increasing the gas tax for infrastructure they were not encouraged to run," Ivey said.
We reached out to the Mobile County Democratic Executive Committee for a response. They said,
Under the present super majority, if our Governor continues with her practice of hand-picking Alabama’s lawmakers, perhaps in the next cycle, she may consider selecting individuals who remain steadfast in supporting values that build strong communities and families.