Gov. Frank Murkowski’s proposed fuel tax increase is still in the
House Finance Committee and is essentially dead for this calendar
bill, HB156 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.
2003 session has already ended, but it is the first part of a two-part
session. The second half begins in January of 2004; the bill will
carry over to that session, a legislative spokeswoman said.