Americans for Tax Reform throws support behind Haslam's road funding proposal

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. For decades, Norquist vowed to drive Republicans out of office if they didn't pledge to oppose tax increases. Many signed on, but now, several senior Republican lawmakers are breaking ranks, willing to consider raising more money through taxes as part of a deal with Democrats and the White House to avoid a catastrophic budget meltdown.
photo The downtown curves of U.S. Highway 27 are seen from the Republic Centre building Thursday. Gov. Bill Haslam says the state is facing a $6 billion backlog of state road projects.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation proposal, which includes Tennessee's first gas tax increase since 1989, on Monday received the blessing of conservative activist and tax-hike opponent Grover Norquist.

Under the version of Haslam's plan advancing in the Senate, the state would increase its tax on gas by 6 cents per gallon and diesel by 10 cents per gallon, but also cut other areas including the sales tax on groceries, the tax on earnings from stocks and bonds and corporate taxes owed by large manufacturers.

Norquist,