AASHTO Journal, 22 February 2013
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead last week signed into law a 10-cent a gallon fuel tax increase that raises the state tax on gas and diesel fuels to 24 cents per gallon, effective July 1.
According to the Casper (Wyoming) Star Tribune, the increase should raise roughly $71 million in the 2014 fiscal year with $47 million set aside for state highways, $16 million for county roads, and the rest for local roads and state parks.
The fuel tax increase, the first in Wyoming since 1998, was supported by a pro-fuel tax hike coalition of 18 organizations led by the Wyoming Taxpayers Association and included the mineral, trucking, tourism, and ranching industries as well as the Wyoming Association of Municipalities and the Wyoming Association of County Commissioners.
Wyoming Department of Transportation officials have identified a $135 million annual funding shortfall.