Farm Bureau Targets Fuel Tax

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is running radio
commercials urging voters to defeat the September 13th election of
a proposed fuel tax increase.

The tax would add eight cents to diesel prices and five cents to
gasoline prices to generate $150 million a year to improve Oklahoma's roads and bridges.

The commercials say the tax is unnecessary because the new
federal highway measure and a 2005 Legislature bill will provide an
extra $170 million for roads and bridges.

Oklahomans for Safe Bridges and Roads spokeswoman Crystal
Drewenski says the fuel tax is needed to fund a rapid restoration
of Oklahoma's transportation system.

She also says most of the money Oklahoma is getting from the new
federal highway bill has been designated for special projects and
cannot be used to fix rural roads and bridges.