State considers $100 surcharge on gas-guzzlers

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

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram says 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.

Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram,