The public didn’t ask for an increase in the gas tax either. In 2018, non-binding opinion Question 1
asked if the public would support an increase in fuel taxes of 10 cents per gallon. It was resoundingly rejected
. The original premise of this tax reform process envisioned “broadening the base” and “reducing the rate” of sales taxes to stabilize sales tax revenue. This plan expands sales taxes to a small number of additional services but organizations with effective lobbyists remain exempted and sales tax rates remain unchanged. Except for food and fuel.