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Gasoline tax increase gets House approval

Jan 18, 2013 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- A proposal to raise Wyoming fuel taxes by a dime a gallon has cleared its final vote in the state House of Representatives.

The House on Friday approved a bill by a vote of 35-to-24. The measure now heads to the Wyoming Senate.

The bill would raise the tax from the existing rate of 14 cents a gallon up to 24 cents. The hike would raise about $70 million a year for the state highway system and local governments.

Proponents say the tax hike is necessary to provide a steady source of funding for the state highway system and local roads.

Some opponents have said the transportation department should be more efficient. They said working families can't afford to pay higher taxes.

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