July 2, 2018

USA Today: Gas Taxes Rise Sunday in Seven States as AAA Projects Record Travel for July 4th

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Massive teacher protests this spring in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky and other states prompted the Oklahoma Legislature to raise taxes on cigarettes, fuel and oil and gas production to pay for raises averaging $6,100 per year and to boost funding for schools, support personnel and state workers.

“The last time the Sooner State raised its gas tax rate, the Berlin Wall was still standing and Congress was debating whether to ban smoking on flights shorter than two hours,” said Carl Davis, research director at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

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