Use gas taxes to repair American bridges? Bush says nah.
According to the AP, eight percent of the last highway bill (valued at $286 billion) went to highway and bridge projects, but only those singled out by lawmakers. The nickel a gallon increase would be directed to a new bridge repair trust fund.
When all cars get 100 mpg and we plug them in at night to drive the next day, then tax increases like this won't do a lick of good. But until then (so, for a while yet), gas remains a popular plaything of legislators. The bridge collapse in Minnesota last week shows that we need to make sure our infrastructure is up to par. Stepping back and examining priorities so we help everyone is as good advice for Bush as it is for Congress.
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