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Other states offer fuel tax lessons

Other states offer fuel tax lessons

Published: Mon, September 10, 2018 12:00 AM

IT may be small comfort to Oklahoma drivers paying higher fuel prices due to this year's tax increase, but things could be worse, as other states demonstrate. Those states also offer lessons that should be observed by Oklahoma voters and policymakers.

While Oklahoma's gasoline tax increased 3 cents per gallon and diesel tax increased 6 cents per gallon this year, residents of New Jersey saw their fuel taxes increase 22.6 cents per gallon in 2016. The New Jersey law included a provision requiring additional tax increases if fuel sales fell in response to the tax hike and revenue collections came in lower than projected. That's what happened, and now Garden State citizens face another 4.3 cent-per-gallon increase. Steven Malanga, senior editor of City Journal, notes this gives New Jersey “one of the highest fuel levies in the nation — a nearly 200 percent increase, in just two years.”

In 2017, California lawmakers increased the state gas tax by 12 cents per gallon and increased vehicle fees. One incumbent senator has lost a subsequent recall election prompted by associated voter anger, and a repeal measure has been placed on the November ballot. Polling suggests it may pass... FULL ARTICLE

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