House leaders cast doubt on gas tax suspension

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

JUNEAU — House Republican leaders are casting doubt on the prospects for the state motor fuels tax being suspended, as the governor has requested.

House Speaker Mike Chenault said the 8-cent-per-gallon tax generates up to $40 million a year for road work. He said Alaskans are constantly seeking improvements to their roads, and he worries that it will be difficult to reinstate the tax it if was suspended.

Gov. Sean Parnell wants the Legislature to suspend the tax for two years as a way to ease the financial burden of high gas prices shouldered by Alaskans.

He made the same request last year; it hit a dead end.

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