|Rep. Shelley Hughes|
We’ll hear the bill again this week. What do you think? Last week the House Transportation Committee held its first hearing on the Governor’s bill, HB 249. Here’s what it would do:
- Double the motor fuel tax for road vehicles (8¢ more per gallon)
- Triple the aviation fuel tax (7¢ more per gallon)
- Double the marine fuel tax (8¢ more per gallon)
- Collect $49 million from Alaskan families and businesses per year
Not only would the cost of travel for Alaskans increase due to this proposal, but because shipping and freight costs would rise as a result, Alaskan consumers could expect the costs of goods to increase along with the tax.
I’ll be chairing the House Transportation Committee on Thursday, February 4th at 1 p.m. when we’ll hear the motor fuel tax bill again. I’d love for you to chime in. You can testify by going to your local Legislative Information Office or if that’s not feasible, contact my office 907-465-3743 for call-in information. You can also send written testimony on HB 249 to email@example.com, and I’ll see that it’s included in the committee bill packets. You can watch the committee here. Stay tuned because we may provide another yet another opportunity for public testimony.