Generating over $70 million in annual revenue to help pay for the State's aging highways and to provide funding help to local governments is the impetus behind legislation to raise the gas tax from 14 to 24 cents in Wyoming. The House passed the bill earlier this month by a vote of 35-24, and it is now set to go before the Senate this week. Representative Rosie Berger says the fuel tax hike is something that needs to be done.
Berger points out that impending cuts from Washington have played a role in raising the fuel tax in the state.
And with those projected cuts, the money needs to come from somewhere says Berger.
The State's fuel tax has not been raised since 1998. The Tax Foundation released a report recently that showed that Wyoming and Alaska rank last in transportation funding derived from fuel taxes and tolls.