Many Nevada lawmakers are calling it a long shot, but a bill
introduced in the Assembly this week would increase the state’s fuel tax by 2
cents a gallon each year for the next five years.
Assembly Minority Leaders Lynn Hettrick, R-Gardnerville,
told local media the bill should never have been introduced when prices at the
pump are hovering near record highs.
Assembly Majority Leader Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, added
the bill probably would be rejected.
The bill – AB494 – is scheduled for discussion before the
Assembly Transportation and Homeland Security Committee on April 12. Its
chairman, John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal there’s “not much” chance it will pass.
The bill would increase Nevada’s fuel tax by 2 cents a
gallon on July 1, 2006, and then by 2 cents a gallon each year through 2010.
The Nevada Highway Users Alliance proposed lawmakers
authorize higher fuel taxes after a hearing in which members discussed coming
shortfalls in the state highway construction budget.