The state’s gasoline tax had just been raised, and Gov. Kay Ivey was being interviewed by a reporter from WSFA-TV when she said something that caught the attention of state Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield.
“Well, all the freshmen who ran for the House and Senate were indeed briefed on the need for an 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.
According to Estes, there was a problem with the governor’s statement: It wasn’t true. Estes and several other freshman representatives were not pleased, and went to the governor.
During a meeting, he said, the governor offered to put out a retraction. Estes and the other representatives passed.
See complete story in the Journal Record.