When Gov. Bill Haslam proposed his transportation plan — a strategy highlighted by the first gas-and-diesel tax hike in nearly three decades — State Rep. David Hawk, R-5th, of Greeneville, called the recommendation a “starting point” for discussion. On Wednesday, Hawk unveiled a plan of his own.
It’s a proposal that wouldn’t increase the gas tax but would give the Tennessee Department of Transportation about $33 million less than what Haslam pitched earlier this year. “After speaking to many constituents, as well as my colleagues in Nashville, they wanted to see if we could produce a potential plan that worked within existing financial resources,” Hawk said early Thursday.