Nebraska Lawmakers Override Veto of Gas Tax Increase

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LINCOLN, Neb-- Nebraska motorists will pay higher taxes at the gas pump to pay for road and bridge repairs, despite Governor Pete Ricketts' objections.

Lawmakers voted 30-16 Thursday to override the Republican governor's veto of a 6-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase.

Thursday Ricketts issued a statement following a vote by the Legislature to hike Nebraska's gas tax.

“The Legislature’s decision to raise the gas tax hurts hardworking Nebraskans who can least afford a tax hike,” said Gov. Ricketts.

The proposal would raise Nebraska's total gas tax over four years to 31.6 cents per gallon.

The tax would generate an additional $25 million annually for the state and $51 million for cities and counties once fully implemented.

Senator Jim Smith of Papillion, the bill's sponsor, says the gas tax is the most effective way to pay for construction work to help improve road safety and the economy.

Gov. Ricketts said his new state roads director is planning to look at funding alternatives and that the vote will hinder economic growth while creating a new burden for Nebraskan.

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