Wyoming lawmakers killed
a measure last week that would fund a special highway project from a 3-cent
fuel tax increase.
The bill recently drew
the ire of Gov. Dave Freudenthal when he told the Wyoming Press Association
gathered in Cheyenne, “There won’t be a 3-cent fuel tax on my watch – at
least not this year,” the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reported. The governor
said generating revenue for court-mandated capital construction costs are
the more pressing issue for the state.
The House voted 31-29
to ax HB18, which would boost the tax 21 percent and raise about $20 million
a year for a multilane highway fund.
Under the measure, Wyoming’s
fuel tax would rise to 17 cents a gallon, remaining among the lowest in