Wyoming Lawmakers May Increase Gas Taxes To Help State Highways
The money raised would go towards highway construction, repair, and maintenance. Other Wyoming Department of Transportation operations would be barred from using revenues raised by the tax. Wyoming has not increased fuel taxes since 2013, and such proposals tend to generate strong opposition in a state where driving relatively long distances for work, shopping, health care, and recreation is a common occurrence for many residents.
But supporters argue that something must be done to generate revenues for road repair and that state highways are threatened with falling into a state of disrepair. WYDOT officials say they are facing a yearly budget shortfall of $245 million per year.
When a dime fuel tax increase was approved by lawmakers in 2013, supporters were able to overcome significant public opposition by rallying support from local elected officials, chambers of commerce, and other groups.
But regular attempts to increase the tax since then have fallen short in the face of often vehement public opposition.
Wyoming’s current fuel tax of 24 cents per gallon is lower than every surrounding state except Colorado, which currently has a 22 cent per gallon tax.Click here to view photo gallery