member of the House Transportation Committee has amended
Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed fuel tax increase.
would take the state's current 8-cent tax and raise it to
20 cents. However, an amendment to the bill would put the
additional money into a special highway fund, rather than
the state's general fund, which is where fuel tax funds went
in the past.
Juneau Empire reported April 15 that the state's voters
would have to approve a constitutional amendment for the
amendment, offered by Rep. Bev Masek, R-Willow, to take
isn't the only person in the state with an idea of how the
funds should be spent. The Associated Press reported
April 15 that the Alaska Municipal League would seek an amendment
to transfer 31 percent of the tax to boroughs and cities
to pay for local roads not covered under the state budget.