- Associated Press - Friday, February 10, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Anchorage state senator has introduced a bill to increase the state tax on studded snow tires.

Republican Cathy Giessel (GEE-sel) tells Anchorage television station KTUU (https://bit.ly/2kupDYV) that studded tires contribute significantly to ruts that damage Alaska roads.

The measure introduced Monday would increase the state tax for each studded tire from $5 to $75.

That means the tax for a set of four tires would increase from $20 to $300.

Giessel in her sponsor statement says maintenance comes at a cost and that driving with studded tires is choice.

She says the Alaska Department of Transportation estimates that repairing a two-lane road from ruts costs $1 million per mile.

Giessel says technological advances have made winter tires without studs “just about” as effective for stopping.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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