committee has voted to sponsor a bill boosting Wyoming’s fuel tax
by 6 cents a gallon, Cheyenne’s KGWN TV reported.
which would be phased in over three years, would raise $38 million
a year by 2006. Of the total, $13 million would go to roads, $13
million to local governments and $12 million to schools.
The Joint Interim
Revenue Committee voted Sept. 24 to sponsor the bill after hearing
The fuel tax
proposal will need a two-thirds vote to be introduced during next
year’s budget session.
year, the state House voted against a 1-cent increase in the fuel
tax to help pay for city street improvements. Another bill, which
would have raised the tax 3 cents a gallon to fund a statewide multilane
highway program, also failed.
Gov. Dave Freudenthal
recently told the Wyoming Transportation Commission he did not support
raising the fuel tax, the news station reported. But he told commissioners
they could convince him to change his mind if there were widespread
public support for the idea.
predicted the Legislature would not pass a tax hike because it is
an election year and because the state has a surplus.