Kentucky lawmaker proposes a bill that would raise the state’s gas tax

Kentucky News

(WEHT)- Kentucky lawmakers are looking at raising the state’s gas tax. This would mean local drivers would be paying more at the gas pump.

The proposal calls for an increase of nine cents, raising the tax to 34.6 cents per gallon. The bill would also seek annual fees for electric vehicles.

It also assesses a highway preservation fee, depending on miles per gallon.

Along with the increased taxes, the bill proposed doubling current registration fees for most cars, pickup trucks, and passenger vans from $11.50 to $22.

In Indiana, Hoosiers pay about 20 cents more at the pump than Kentucky.

Illinois is among the highest in the country at more than 54 cents.

The federal excise tax on gas is 18.4 cents per gallon.

As of 2019, the national average for state gas taxes was just more than 34 cents.

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(This story was originally published on March 2, 2020.)

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