State motor fuels tax issue reignited

Proposals concerning the oft-debated issue on whether to suspend the state motor fuels tax is working its way through the State Legislature today.

For two years Governor Sean Parnell has pitched the idea of temporarily suspending the tax, saying that Alaskans pay too much for high fuel prices and this would be one way of releasing pressure on them.

Opponents counter that the tax provides much-needed money for road projects, and suspending the tax wouldn’t necessarily relieve Alaskans of their burden.

Now if a proposal suspending the tax does pass the Senate, it would most likely fail to go through the House, at least according to House Majority Leader Alan Austerman.

He says that there’s little support in the House among lawmakers.