The Legislature has approved a measure renewing the nickel-a-gallon portion of West Virginia's gas tax.
The tax was originally set to expire this August, but the bill
if approved by Governor Manchin will extend it until 2013.
The nickel portion helps to rank West Virginia eleventh in the nation for total state fuel taxes. State fuel taxes total 31-point-five cents per gallon, while the federal tax raises the total tax burden to 49-point-nine cents.
But the nickel portion also brings in about 55 (m) million dollars a year for the ailing State Road Fund.