Wyoming’s highways rank third in the nation in performance and efficiency. That’s according to an annual highway report by the Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank that studies public policy. Author David Hartgen says Wyoming gets a lot less money than other states, but spends it well.
The State Senate has defeated a bill that would take money from the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund to maintain and construct roads.
It would divert over 57 million dollars in fiscal year 2014 that would have flowed into the PMTF. When combined with a ten cent increase in the gas tax, it would raise nearly 72-million dollars. Senator Stan Cooper says it would help the state catch up with its road maintenance needs and provide more substantial funding.