Former Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell is lavishing praise on his Republican successor’s proposal to raise money for road and bridge maintenance through a higher tax on gas stations.

As part of his budget address, Governor Tom Corbett is expected to call for removing statutory cap on the oil company franchise tax, a move that would require the Legislature’s approval, officials have said.

“I think Governor Corbett’s doing the right thing,” said Governor Rendell, a Democrat who is now special counsel at Ballard Spahr. “Raising the cap on the oil franchise is a tax increase that is going to be passed along to drivers at the pump, but we haven’t had a gas tax increase since 1998, and it’s the right thing to do.”

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