With Deficits Entrenched and Bad News Rampant, States Talk Fuel-Tax Hikes

Williamson, Richard
March 2003
Bond Buyer;3/28/2003, Vol. 343 Issue 31803, p3
Trade Publication
In Oklahoma, few legislators with plans for re-election would propose an income or sales tax hike to bail the state out of its worsening budget crisis.But raising taxes on motor fuels is another matter, especially if the revenue goes toward building and repairing the state's crumbling highways and bridges.And with most states scrambling for cash to avoid putting road projects on hold, Oklahoma lawmakers are far from alone in considering higher gas taxes. From Alaska to Tennessee, more states are considering fuel-tax increases to cover the cost of state highway projects.


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