Mead Signs Off on Fuel Tax Hike

 
by Jeff Schuman, jschuman@k2tv.com 
 
Governor Mead on Friday singed into law the bill that will raise Wyoming's gas tax from 14-cents to 24-cents a gallon. Drivers in the Cowboy State will begin paying the new tax on July 1st. 
 
But as K2's Jeff Schuman reports, even with the increase Wyoming is still in the lower tier of states when it comes to fuel taxes.




Budget

Also on Friday, both houses in the Legislature gave final approval to next year's supplemental budget. 
 
House Speaker Tom Lubnau and Senate President Tony Ross say the bill should be on the Governor's desk on Tuesday. 
 
The supplemental budget calls for spending an additional $78-million on top of the $2.3 billion spending plan that was approved last year. The new spending bill does include about $61-million in budget cuts.

Resource Officers 
 
Meanwhile, the Senate Education Committee on Friday gave unanimous approval to a bill that would provide extra money for school resource officers. The proposal would make $2.3 million available for districts to help put officers in schools. 
 
Many large school districts already have the officers. For example, there are two in the Natrona County District. 
 
However, Representative Nathan Winters of Thermopolis, says some smaller districts simply can't afford them.