Gas Taxes

The House Finance Committee is expected to hear a bill today that would ask voters to give lawmakers the power to lower state gasoline taxes.

Colorado Springs Representative Mark Cloer says his bill offers some relief to consumers from the taxes which are edging fuel prices toward $3 a gallon.

Lawmakers give themselves a break last week, voting to raise their mileage reimbursement from 28 cents a mile to a floating rate set by the Internal Revenue Service.

That rate has been historically higher than the amount paid by the state.

Cloer, a Republican, says his proposal will ask voters permission to lower gas taxes for 90 days if the state has enough money and it could help the economy.