Dave Freudenthal told the Wyoming Transportation Commission this
week he does not support raising the state fuel tax to pay for widening
several state highways, Cheyenne’s KGWN reported.
he told commissioners they could convince him to change his mind
if there were widespread public support for the idea.
want a great deal more comfort that it’s going to enjoy broad support
from that public that’s going to use the roads,” he said during
an informal meeting with the commissioners Sept. 17 in Cheyenne.
news station reported that Freudenthal predicted the Legislature
would not pass a fuel tax increase during this winter’s budget session,
because it is an election year and because the state has a surplus.
the state anticipates a budget surplus this year, the rate of spending
increases will likely outpace revenue in coming years, so lawmakers
could be looking at any number of revenue measures sometime soon,
he said, Congress has yet to act on a major transportation funding
bill, which could ultimately decrease the amount of federal funding
that goes to WYDOT.
that case, state lawmakers might consider a fuel tax hike to offset
the loss of federal funds, the governor said.