Committee Approves Gas Tax Hike

Laramie, Wy – An interim legislative committee has
endorsed a proposal that would raise the state gasoline tax but lower motor vehicle registration fees.
The Joint Revenue Committee approved the bill on a seven-four vote Tuesday in Cheyenne.
Under the proposal, the state gas tax would increase five cents a gallon. That would raise about 34 million dollars a year that would be used mostly for highway maintenance projects. Nonresident travelers would shoulder about half the tax burden.
Meantime, resident vehicle owners would pay about one-third less on their annual vehicle registration fees -- or roughly 120 dollars less on each newer vehicle and 45 dollars less for an older one.
The proposal will be considered in the Legislature, which meets next month in Cheyenne.