The Wyoming Department of Transportation estimates it now needs $134 million per year to maintain the state's highway system. A 10 cent per gallon increase in the state tax on gasoline and diesel, though, is only expected to raise $72 million a year. Of that amount, only $47 million would actually go to the state's highway fund about one third of the amount needed for maintenance.
"People are getting killed by taxes,'' said Rep. David Miller, R Riverton, who unsuccessfully tried to kill the bill in the House.
During the House debate, Rep. Patrick Goggles, D Ethete, reminded his colleagues that the reserve account receives no stable source of income. Instead, it was designed to use carryover funds, or excess funds, for priorities established by the Legislature.
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No one will argue that isn't the right goal, but a fuel tax increase that will hit consumers when the state's economy is still trying to catch up to pre recession levels is neither desirable nor smart. That's especially true when the state already has the funds to do the work without further handicapping individuals and families.
Rep. Mary Throne, D Cheyenne, stressed that the rainy day account isn't intended to be another permanent mineral trust fund, a savings account that can only be used if the Legislature changes the Wyoming Constitution.
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"It shouldn't be treated as sacrosanct,'' she added. "It's intended to be a liquid savings account.''
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No one has ever said precisely what will be considered a "rainy day'' so the funds can be accessed, but Rep. Steve Harshman R Casper, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said the time is not here yet.
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Wyoming should tap 'rainy day' account to fix roads
The House passed the measure containing the proposed tax increase, House Bill 69, by a vote of 35 to 24. We applaud three Republican Natrona County members Reps. Gerald Gay, Toddler Nike Cortez Pink
HB69 may seem to be moving toward passage like a runaway train, but we think the majority of Wyoming residents likely agree with Miller. Those who do should contact their state senator and tell them to apply the brakes to this bill, and use the state's savings to fix our roads instead of asking people to pay more at the pump.
The state has enough money in its "rainy day'' account to spend on vital transportation infrastructure, without asking residents and businesses to pay more at a time when many are still recovering from the economic recession.
Wyoming now has nearly $1.6 billion in its Legislative Stabilization Reserve, or rainy day account, which has only existed since 2005. According to Mead's budget proposal, the goal is to have $3 billion in the fund.
Trucking Association support raising the gas tax from 14 cents to 24 cents per gallon. The common reason is the need to have well maintained roads for business.
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Some observers predict it will easily pass in the Senate, but we encourage senators to use budget reserves instead and kill the bill.
Thanks largely to decreasing federal highway funds for several years, the state has fallen behind in highway maintenance and has been using one time funds each session to try to keep up. But it's been a losing battle.
During his campaign, newly elected freshman senator Jim Anderson, republican from Casper, told us that he had a "plan" to fund highway construction and maintenance, but that he couldn't give us any details right then. (Maybe we had to wait until he got into office, reminiscent of "we have to pass the healthcare bill before we can find out what's in it.") I have searched all of the bills that were introduced this legislative session and cannot find a single bill by Anderson on any subject, much less funding for infrastructure improvement. I'm very interested to see how Anderson is going to vote on this bill. Passionate views, pointed criticism and critical thinking are welcome. Name calling, crude language and personal abuse are not welcome. Moderators will monitor comments with an eye toward maintaining a high level of civility in this forum. Our comment policy explains the rules of the road for registered commenters.
Wyoming needs to fix its roads, but it doesn't need a 10 cent per gallon hike in the state's fuel tax to accomplish the task.
Actually, Harshman said, Wyoming should be preparing for a "rainy season'' that could Nike Cortez Black Nylon On Feet last more than a decade.
But it's the Legislature's job to decide how to budget the state's revenues so it can properly fund Wyoming's essential needs, including a solid infrastructure. It's not the role of lawmakers to build a savings account in perpetuity.
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