Like motorists everywhere, Wyoming residents want safe, well-constructed roads without potholes or other dangers.

But not everyone is willing to pay extra at the gas pump to build or maintain highways. That presents a problem in a state with 63,319 lane miles and a nearly $73 million highway budget deficit. How many voters feel that way and how much pressure they put on state lawmakers next year should largely determine whether a proposed 3 cents-per-gallon increase on gasoline and diesel makes it through the Legislature.

The Drake’s Take is a weekly column by veteran Wyoming journalist Kerry Drake, and produced by, a nonprofit news organization focused on Wyoming people, places and policy.

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