Wyoming Liberty Group
Boyd Wiggam and Chuck Gray from KVOC discuss how the federal government encourages smart growth policies with federal transportation funds. July 29, 2015
After lobbying for and receiving a fuel tax increase in 2013, Wyoming’s Department of Transportation (WyDot) is asking for more money in its 2015 Supplemental Budget. Instead of contemplating a rainy day fund raid as Gov. Mead has suggested or a new gas tax grab, the Joint Appropriations Committee (JAC) told WyDot to find the money by prioritizing within its existing budget, by using, for example, its 2013 fuel tax bonanza. The JAC must do the same for the other state agencies, and in particular, State Parks and Cultural Resources (SPCR), the agency that also received a cut of the gas tax grab.
Recently the Wall Street Journal ran a story about how the gasoline tax is becoming less and less relevant as a means of funding our highways: