state senators approved a bill April 2 calling for a statewide
election to determine whether voters approve of hiking diesel
and gasoline taxes to aid the state's highway system.
approved the measure by a 26-16 vote. It now heads back to
the House for consideration of Senate amendments.
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