The House Revenue Committee voted yesterday to recommend approval of a bill to hike fuel taxes by a dime. The tax would increase the tax on a gallon of gasoline from 14 cents to 24 cents.
Dale Steenberger is president of the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. He says local businesses know just how important roads are to Wyoming’s economy. He says the Cheyenne Chamber backs the tax increase but with two conditions.
Steenbergen also says that if the tax increase is ultimately passed, then there should not be a decrease in current funding for road construction and maintenance.
Governor Mead is pushing the tax increase. He says it would raise more than $70 million a year for state and local road projects.The governor says increasing gasoline taxes would allow out-of-state motorists to foot much of the bill for maintaining the state’s highway system.
The bill now advances to the House.
PHOTO: A state highway in western Wyoming