Highway fund dies on Senate floor

Laramie, Wyo – An attempt at diverting money into a fund to be used for roads has been defeated in the state Senate.

The bill was intended to earmark a third of the state's severance tax revenue to pay for highway construction. But during final debate, several senators opposed the idea because they did not want the state to return to a system of guaranteeing future money for a specific project.

Senator Tony Ross says that approach has led to difficulties in the past.

Transportation Chairman Michael Von Flatern of Gillette argued for the fund saying that it would help the highway department plan for the future.

But Senator Jayne Mockler of Cheyenne countered that it would be better to allocate money to the department as needed. The bill received 15 of the needed 16 votes to pass.