A joint resolution stating the Utah Legislature's opposition to an increase in the federal gasoline tax to reduce the federal debt has been approved by the House. The joint resolution, sponsored by Rep. Michael Waddoups, R-Salt Lake, will also be considered by the Senate.

The idea of hiking the federal tax on gasoline sales to as much as $1 per gallon is currently being discussed in Washington, D.C., as a way to reduce the nation's ever-increasing deficit. The joint resolution points out that residents of the West already pay more in gasoline taxes because they buy more gasoline to get around the region's wide open spaces. Also noted is the adverse affect a significant increase in the cost of gasoline would have on tourism.