Governor Floats Gas Tax Trial Balloon

220px-Gary_Herbert_cropSALT LAKE CITY — Even though there are no tax increases in his proposed $14.3 billion budget, Gov. Gary Herbert is making it clear he’s ready to talk about raising taxes on gasoline. “I’m just suggesting, OK, now is the time,” the governor told the Deseret News Editorial Board after unveiling a spending plan that includes plans to divert $94.2 million in sales taxes earmarked for transportation to education spending. That trial balloon is drawing fire from many conservatives throughout the state, who point out the state already taxes each gallon of fuel at 24.5 cents.  On top of that are the federal taxes.  GOP legislative leaders say the increase would never fly this year.

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