During Monday's Public Pulse, State Senator John Schiffer, who is on the state Transportation Committee, discussed the state's highway funds. Schiffer explains that the committee's number one goal is to maintain highways, not improve, without additional taxes or toll roads.
Schiffer said that $30 million per year in highway funds goes to subsidize ethanol, which supports 22 jobs in the state. Also, fees from things like highway funds generated by speeding tickets is diverted back into Wyoming schools. These are just of two things that will be included in discussions during committee hearings in terms of allocating highway funds.
When it comes to highway maintenance Schiffer estimates that the state needs to raise an additional $140 million of state funds, an amount that he admits has not yet been located.
Schiffer did not say whether or not the gas tax would be raised. Wyoming has one of the lowest gas taxes in the country.