Consider the following:
A majority of Republican lawmakers, with the assistance of Democrats, approved what has been accurately described as a “massive tax increase” that will generate more than $900 million a year for highway and bridge projects.
The highway bill includes a substantial increase in the gasoline excise tax, a new tax on hotel rooms, and a yearly charge of $200 or $300 on electric vehicles. The tax hikes were strongly supported by the three most powerful Republicans at the Gold Dome: Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and Speaker David Ralston.