Everyone who drives a car or heats their home with oil will soon feel the impact of a state tax on fuel if a bill that just barely passed the Alaska House on Wednesday is signed into law.
A bill sponsored by Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, places a cent-per-gallon tax on refined fuel at the wholesale level. The tax includes gasoline and heating oil but not aviation fuel or fuel used on the Alaska Marine Highway.
If the bill passes the Senate and is signed by Gov. Bill Walker, it would be the first tax increase for the public since 2005.