Democrats want ROYALTIES!!! in Listing of Lawmakers for and against us Posted Sunday at 04:47 PM 1 hour ago, Dakota Slim said: Weren't gas taxes supposed to be used to maintain and improve roads? I think the people from Alaska get a royalty check from oil produced in that state. How's that going? Should 'we' tax gas more? How about diesel? Pass it along to the consumer? Yes, the people of Alaska get a check for $1606. Alaska is a special place. Have you ever lived in Alaska?