Oklahoma eyes fuel tax hike

| 2/7/2002

A Sooner State lawmaker is pushing legislation to increase fuel taxes in the state to bring in more money for roads. If approved, most of the $50 million a year raised by the bill would go to state highway maintenance.

HB2224, introduced by Rep. Wayne Pettigrew (R-Edmond), calls for a general election vote on raising the diesel tax from 13 to 15 cents per gallon and gasoline tax from 16 to 18 cents per gallon. Pettigrew says increasing the state's diesel and gasoline taxes may be the only way to get additional money for road maintenance during what is expected to be a tight budget year.