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Alaska Senate passes motor fuel tax hike; bill next to House

March 2, 2020 GMT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State taxes on motor and marine fuels would double and registration fees for electric and hybrid vehicles would rise under a bill passed by the Alaska Senate on Monday.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Click Bishop, said the measure would generate additional funds that could help address transportation infrastructure and maintenance needs.

The motor fuel tax would go from 8 cents a gallon to 16 cents a gallon and marine fuel from 5 cents a gallon to 10 cents a gallon. Registration fees would go from $100 to $200 for electric vehicles and from $100 to $150 for hybrids, according to a fiscal analysis.

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The bill passed 12-5; no one who voted against it spoke during the floor debate.

Sen. Shelley Hughes, a Palmer Republican, was among those voting no Monday. She previously expressed concern with the impact on residents in her part of the state, many of whom have commutes. She also has said she could not support the bill and turn to taxes when the state in her view does not have a handle on spending.

The measure next goes to the House.