plan to seek Oklahoma voters’ approval for tax increases on diesel
and gasoline passed a Senate committee March 25.
Senate Transportation Committee voted 12 to 8 for the bill, sending
it to the full Senate for consideration.
asks voters to raise the diesel tax from 14 to 22 cents a gallon
and the gasoline tax from 17 to 22 cents a gallon. The state would
receive $145 million annually from the tax increases, The Oklahoman reported.
from the new taxes will be used for various transportation needs,”
the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Larry Ferguson, R-Cleveland, wrote. “The
remainder of the revenues will be deposited to the State Highway
Construction and Maintenance Fund.”
approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor, the proposal
would go before the public in the November 2004 general election.