Despite pleas for road funding, North Dakota Senate rejects gas tax increase (SB2288)

The North Dakota Senate rejected a 4-cent boost in the state’s gas tax Monday, Feb. 4.

Senate Bill 2288 failed in a 26-18 vote. Pushed primarily by Fairmount Republican Sen. Larry Luick, the bill would have inched the state’s taxes on motor vehicle and special fuels, including diesel, to 27 cents per gallon.

Bill proponents urged lawmakers to address the state’s road funding needs. Sen. Kyle Davison, R-Fargo, said the state’s top industries, oil and agriculture, rely on well-maintained roads.