Gas tax an option for top Republican leader

By |  January 5, 2015
Photo: Upupa4me / Foter / CC BY-SA

Photo: Upupa4me / Foter / CC BY-SA

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the incoming Republican leader of the Senate Transportation Committee, says a gas tax increase is up for consideration.

“I don’t think we take anything off the table at this point,” John Thune said on “Fox News Sunday.”

According to CNN, the last time the federal gas tax increased in 1993, the price at the pump was $1.09. Now, the nationwide average has dropped to $2.20 — the lowest it’s been in years.

Although this has been a relief for drivers, the Highway Trust Fund is looking at about a $100 billion shortfall, Thune says. On top of this, the fund is set to expire in May.

With U.S. infrastructure in dire need of funding, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and  Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) proposed an increase of 12 cents per gallon over the next two years. In addition, business leaders, including the Chamber of Commerce, have called for an increase.

The federal government currently collects 18.4 cents in tax per gallon of gasoline.

Allison Barwacz

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