Wyoming state gas tax hike passes

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) _ A bill to raise state fuel taxes by a dime a gallon has cleared its final vote in the Wyoming State Senate.

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 18-to-12 on Thursday.

The bill now heads to Gov. Matt Mead for his consideration. He has said he supports increasing the fuel tax.

Proponents say the Wyoming Department of Transportation needs a steady source of funding. Opponents say the agency could realize savings by being more efficient.

The bill would raise the tax from the existing rate of 14 cents a gallon up to 24 cents for gasoline and diesel.

The tax hike would raise about $70 million a year, of which roughly two-thirds would go to the state highway department and one-third to local governments.

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