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State Considers $100 Surcharge On Gas-Guzzlers

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In this photo illustration a man refuels his car at a gas station. (credit: Getty Images/Miguel Villagran)

In this photo illustration a man refuels his car at a gas station. (credit: Getty Images/Miguel Villagran)

FORT WORTH (AP) – State officials are considering levying a $100 surcharge on some new vehicles that fall short of federal fuel efficiency standards.

No legislation has been filed to add the surcharge, but it’s among several recommendations in a recent Legislative Budget Board to cover an anticipated massive budget shortfall. The board is a joint committee of top Teas House and Senate members, including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus.

The report says light-duty trucks and sport utility vehicles pollute more than average size vehicles and are less energy-efficient.

Other suggestions include repeal of the prohibition of liquor sales on Sunday and raising the amount state employees pay for their health insurance.

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