Gov. Bill Haslam asking local leaders and roadbuilders to join his drive for increased funding for much—needed transportation projects. The republican chief executive says the state currently looking at a backlog of highway projects amounting to some $6 billion. He says a temporary 1—year fix favored by some lawmakers won’t avoid a looming gap in transportation revenue. Haslam has backed away from suggestions to hike the fuel tax after leaders of the republican –dominated general assembly flatly rejected the notion of any fuel tax increase. But Haslam says he’s sees no alternative that would bring in the revenue needed. Tennessee’s gas tax now stands at 21.4 cents per gallon. The rate hasn’t changed in 26 years.