Island House of Representatives passed a 2-cent fuel tax hike
last week as part of a budget bill to avoid future projected
deficits. If the tax hike is passed, the state's diesel tax
would climb to 30 cents.
billion state budget package would erase a projected deficit
with the aid of tax and fee hikes, spending reductions and tobacco-related
revenues. The proposal is awaiting approval in the Senate before
an expected showdown with Gov. Lincoln Almond, who has threatened
says he doesn't believe the proposed budget trims enough spending
to avoid future deficits, but he believes the Senate will approve
the plan. Almond says he will wait to see what changes the Senate
makes to the proposal before considering a veto.