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Washington Post Calls for Gas Tax Increase

RR071119 WPJuly 12, 2019 – The Washington Post Editorial Board called on Congress to increase the federal user fee on gallons of gasoline to support infrastructure. The column suggests that there may be growing public support for lawmakers to increase this fee to fund infrastructure. According to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), the Post reported that 31 of 50 states have increased motor fuel user fees in the last 10 years. Going a step further, 22 states now have policies in place to account for inflation – something that was not done when the federal government last set the fee on fuel at 18 cents per gal. in 1993. The Post also highlighted the public support behind states efforts to raise funds for infrastructure repairs. NSSGA has long supported any effort to shore up funding for the federal Highway Trust Fund, which relies on the 1993 fee of 18 cents to fund the government’s portion of infrastructure projects.