Legislature and the Gas Tax

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Motorists should prepare to continue paying a nickel-a-gallon portion of West Virginia's gas tax.

The Senate Finance Committee agreed Tuesday to renew that part of the tax.

It would otherwise expire in August. But the committee also voted to remove a House amendment that would have given the Legislature control of the tax's revenue.

The gas tax bill now goes to the full Senate.

The House passed the bill last month, and the 60-day session ends midnight Saturday.

The nickel portion helps to rank West Virginia Eleventh in the nation for total state fuel taxes.

State fuel taxes total 31.5 cents per gallon, while the federal tax raises the total tax burden to 49.9 cents. But the nickel portion also brings in about $55 million a year for the ailing State Road Fund.

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