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Republicans Consider Raising the Gasoline Tax

Are you kidding me? Tax and spend? Republicans?

From the Washington Examiner:

Republicans are weighing whether to raise the federal gas tax. It’s an idea they are prone to hate, but they may need it to pay for President Trump’s infrastructure investment plan.

Supporters of the idea note that the tax hasn’t been raised since 1993 and have plenty of evidence that resistance to a hike is wearing down.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently called for the Trump administration and Congress to raise the gas tax by 25 cents per gallon to help pay for an infrastructure package, projecting it would generate more than $375 billion over a decade. For 25 years, the federal tax on gasoline has held steady at 18.4 cents per gallon and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel. It is not indexed to inflation.

The Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, prodded colleagues at the recent GOP retreat to consider setting aside years of opposition and raise the tax.

And perhaps most revealing, some of the most conservative House members who heard Shuster’s pitch are open to it.

5 Responses to Republicans Consider Raising the Gasoline Tax

  1. Here’s an issue that will pit NE states and the West coast states against the flyover and SW states.
    Most of the tax collected on fuels goes to the maintenance of unionized highway workers and their pensions in the Blue states, and not to fixing anything.
    We ask – what did you do with the current tax collected, did you fix that bridge, repave that road, oh you didn’t…..
    If there is one thing that will fuel inflation around the country it’s raising the fuel tax. As the tax increases, trucking companies will just pass along the increase to it’s customers.
    Like it or not, every dang thing in your home, office, fridge, closet, school, gym, etc etc was carried by a truck driver first.
    Inflation will eat up all those $15 hour wages and put us back in a depression/recession.
    Let’s hope the wiser heads in Congress think twice before raising fuel taxes.

  2. You nailed it.

    And you answered my perpetual question of why NJ spends $2M per mile for road construction and yet nothing ever changes for the better. Thanks!

  3. Why, it’s almost as if that 787 billion-dollar stimulus package vanished into preferred pockets and the rest of us got nothing for it.

    Shovel-ready, indeed.