The Environmental Quality Council is weighing whether to introduce two bills during the 2019 legislative session. Lawmakers in 2017 approved legislation that raised the gasoline tax to generate an extra $30 million annually to pay for roads and bridges and support local roads projects.The off-road proposals would take a small percentages of gas tax revenue to increase off-highway vehicle project funding from $180,000 to
$617,000 annually. Snowmobile trails would receive over 1 million a year, compared to the current $775,000. Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman, said the proposed changes would benefit Montana's $7 billion outdoor recreation industry.Lawmakers in 2017 approved legislation that raised the gasoline tax from 27 cents a gallon to 31.5 cents, with eventual increases to 33 cents. The diesel tax went from 27 cents per gallon to 29.25. The hikes were designed to generate an extra $30 million annually to pay for roads and bridges and to support local roads projects.

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