AUSTIN (January 31, 2013)—Texas House Speaker Joe Straus suggested Thursday the idea of raising the cost of a Texas driver’s license is worth exploring as a way to raise funds to improve congested Texas roadways.
Texas drivers currently must renew their license every six years at a price of $25.
Straus says that's a low cost that has been taken for granted.
The powerful Republican told members of the Texas Association of Business that revisiting that price could generate more revenue for transportation projects.
Both Republicans and Democrats have prioritized infrastructure this session.
Gov. Rick Perry has given his blessing to take $3.7 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to secure water and build more roads.
Proposals by lawmakers to increase driver's license fees by $8 failed in 2011.