A House committee rejected a proposal Tuesday to increase Oklahoma's fuel taxes by three percent.
The House Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget voted 14-to-9 against the bill that would've raised gasoline taxes from 17 to 20 cents per gallon and from 14 to 17 cents for diesel. Supporters like House Budget Committee chairman Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, say the increase would free revenue used to pay for road and bridge construction.
“It's $86 million that would help us,” Sears said. “I like using this word: A 'safe landing' of our state budget."