attempt by Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski to raise the motor fuel tax
in the state by up to 12 cents may have run out of gas in the Legislature.
plan would take the state’s current 8-cent tax and raise it to 20
cents, according to a report from the Anchorage Daily News.
A number of legislators from both major parties indicated they had
concerns about the increase.
governor’s office indicated the proposed tax increase would raise
about $41 million to help pay for road work. However, opponents
say the money would, under Alaska’s constitution, go into the general
fund, with no guarantee that it would be used for highways.