Lawmakers agree tax cuts needed; at odds over which

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam talks about education and his budget to the editorial board at the Times Free Press.

COMPARISON BOX

Gas & diesel per-gallon excise and fees for Tennessee and surrounding states:* Tennessee: Gas - 21.4 cents; diesel - 18.4 cents Alabama: Gas - 20.91 cents; diesel - 21.5 cents Arkansas: Gas - 21.5 cents; diesel - 22.8 cents Georgia: Gas - 31.09 cents; diesel - 34.19 cents Kentucky: Gas - 26 cents; diesel - 23 cents Mississippi: Gas - 18.79 cents; diesel - 18.4 cents Missouri: Gas - 17.3 cents; diesel - 17.3 cents North Carolina: Gas - 34.55 cents; diesel - 34.55 cents Virginia: Gas - 22.3 cents; diesel - 26.03 cents * Source: American Petroleum Institute 2017 figures

NASHVILLE - Most Tennessee legislative leaders agree the state should cut some taxes to ease potential public concern about Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's anticipated plan to hike fuel taxes for transportation needs.

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