Speaker Harwell: Tax surplus should be used for road projects

Rep. Beth Harwell
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A tax windfall could mean hundreds of millions of dollars to fix Tennessee roads.

That’s how Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell sees it. The Nashville republican released a statement noting state tax collections are coming in higher than expected.

She believes some of that money could be diverted to help pay for 2015 new construction projects that have been put on hold for funding reasons.

“Road and infrastructure projects have an impact not only on the quality of life for Tennesseans, but also have a positive and lasting economic development impact. I believe it to be a priority, and think this is an investment that will benefit all taxpayers,” she said.

Speaker Harwell believes the one-time payment could be as much as $400 million.

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