Group says fuel tax relief bill not a good idea

Sunday, September 11th 2005, 6:40 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A group that works with low-income Oklahomans says a plan to suspend state fuel taxes isn't the best way to help most motorists.

David Blatt, public policy director for the Community Action Project in Tulsa, says the plan would be a tax break for out-of-state residents and truck drivers who put wear and tear on state roads.

Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan has distributed copies of the Emergency Fuel and Tax Relief Act. The plan would suspend the state's 17-cent per gallon gasoline tax and 14-cent diesel tax from October 1st thru December 31st.

It would tap the constitutional Rainy Day Fund for the $103-million that would be needed to replace fuel taxes used to repair and build roads.

Saturday, the statewide average for regular gas was $2.95 a gallon.