Fuel tax debate
By: KLKN Newsroom
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A proposed fuel tax increase is drawing support and criticism from Nebraska lawmakers, who remain divided over whether it’s necessary to pay for roads and bridges.
Lawmakers began debate Tuesday on a measure that would phase in a 6-cent increase over four years, bringing Nebraska’s total gas tax to 31.6 cents per gallon.
Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion says he proposed the measure as a “user fee” because it only applies to motorists when they fill their tanks. Smith says the fuel tax is pro-commerce and gives the state a pay-as-you-go option to pay for infrastructure.
Other senators say the tax hits hardest the motorists who can afford it the least. Gov. Pete Ricketts also opposes the bill.
The bill is LB610