Oklahoma fuel tax measure debated on TV, radio ads

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Supporters and opponents of a fuel tax measure are advertising on TV and the radio in advance of a vote next month.

Oklahomans will vote Tuesday, Sept. 13 on the proposal to raise the state’s taxes on gasoline and diesel to 22 cents each in order to raise money for road and bridge repairs. Oklahoma’s gasoline tax currently is 17 cents, and the diesel tax is 14 cents.

According to the Associated Press, supporters of State Question 723 have raised more than $1 million to tout what they claim is a necessary measure to make the state’s roads and bridges safe.

Opponents of the measure — including the Oklahoma Trucking Association, Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Taxpayers United — claim the tax increase is unnecessary and will hurt the state’s economy.