Wednesday, 16 January 2013 17:40
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) _ A proposal to raise Wyoming fuel taxes by a dime a gallon has cleared its first hearing in the state House of Representatives.
The House passed the bill after a lengthy hearing Wednesday afternoon. It needs to pass two more times in the House before it could head to the Senate.
Rep. Mike Madden, a Buffalo Republican is chairman of the House Revenue Committee. He urged House members to approve the bill, saying that out-of-state motorists will pay more than half of roughly $70 million in new revenue the tax hike would generate annually.
Gov. Matt Mead also is pushing the tax increase. He has emphasized that the Wyoming Department of Transportation needs a predictable source of funding for long-term projects.