by some as one of the most poorly timed ideas to ever surface in Nevada, an
Assembly panel shot down an effort to hike the state’s fuel tax.
Oceguera, chairman of the Assembly Transportation and Homeland Security
Committee, refused to take up an effort to boost the state’s fuel tax by 2
cents a gallon each year for the next five years.
chair of the committee, I will not move forward with any bill that raises
gasoline taxes,” Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
gas taxes are already among the highest in the country. Adding to that burden
is irresponsible at this point, and will not happen on my watch.”
Minority Leader Lynn Hettrick, R-Gardnerville, said the bill should never have
been introduced when prices at the pump are hovering near record highs.
bill called for increasing the fuel tax by 2 cents a gallon July 1, 2006, and
then by 2 cents a gallon each year through 2010.
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.
the committee may discuss the problem that this was intended to address, the
proposed gas tax will not be part of the solution,” Oceguera said.