The cost of a gallon of fuel may go up if a Democratic representative from Oregon gets his way. Earl Blumenauer has reportedly proposed a bill in the House of Representatives to raise the federal gas tax 15 cents per gallon in a bid to cover a shortfall in transportation funding (we told you so?). The current federal tax is 33.4 cents per gallon on gas and 42.8 cents per gallon of diesel.

"Every credible independent report indicates that we are not meeting the demands of our stressed and decaying infrastructure system – roads, bridges and transit," Blumenauer said in a press conference cited by The Washington Post. The Post reports that the federal tax hasn't been increased since 1993.

"The average motorist is paying about half as much per mile as they did in 1993"

"With inflation and increased fuel efficiency, especially for some types of vehicles, there is no longer a good relationship between what road users pay and how much they benefit. The average motorist is paying about half as much per mile as they did in 1993," Blumenauer said.

While we can understand anger over increased gas prices, Blumenauer has assembled an impressive coalition to support the tax hike. AAA's vice president of public affairs, Kathleen Bower, notes, "The country desperately needs additional funding for infrastructure and, for the moment, there is no better means than the fuel tax. The proposed increase is well overdue and in line with what most experts suggest would be appropriate." In addition, Blumenauer pointed out other supporters "including the US Chamber of Commerce, national AFL-CIO, the construction and trucking ­industry, cyclists, professional groups, numerous associations of small and medium businesses, local governments, and transit agencies."

As we've shown as recently as last year, there's support among American motorists for a tax hike. Of course, you know where we're going with this. Let us know what you think about a potential hike in the gas tax by having your say in Comments and in our poll below.




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      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just make sure the funds cannot be rampaged for any other use.
        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lazybeans
        I agree, but have no faith in the system to make sure this actually happens. Someone at the department of transportation will most likely put a friend in charge and the money will most likely end up being squandered or used to line their pockets.
      Mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've lived in cities with wheel tax, was passed using the we need it for schools excuse, yet nothing changed, those with kids are still sent long lists of supplies including Clorox wipes, Kleenex, toilet tissue, etc. I have a novel approach, stop sending our tax dollars overseas and use it for what it was collected for, thing is, for the government to tax people, they come up with where it is to go, then they pilfer it for what ever tickles their fancy, we've done more infrastructure repairs in countries that hate our guts than in our own. I guess if we could start a war here, some rebuilding might go on! HERE'S ANOTHER FUN FACT, TO PUT ETHANOL IN OUR FUEL, THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO SUBSIDIZE IT, BECAUSE IT IS A FAILURE, WHAT IF WE STOPPED THAT, WENT TO 100% GAS AGAIN, THEN PUT THAT MONEY SAVED INTO THE ROADS!
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mark
        That is an oversimplification of the situation. Yes, I would like to see that money go to other projects, but one thing is a subsidy for farmers and ethanol producers and the other is a tax that is administered by DOT. Certainly, the money comes from tax payers, but it is allotted and administered following different processes by different organizations (DOA, DOE, and DOT) and under different laws and regulations. That being said, the amount used to subsidize ethanol will not come close to paying for roads. Also, if ethanol is cut, the farm subsidies will have to increase to cover the drop in corn prices that farmers would experience. It is a lot more complicated than you think, so it would actually cost more in the long run. It is all much more complicated than you seem to understand.
      fulredy
      • 1 Year Ago
      This tax increase might be righteous IF the money from the HUTF were used to build or repair highways and bridges used by cars and trucks. However, they are not in many cases. They are used for subways and other mass transportation. Furthermore, the HUTF is flush with cash and not being spent. Why? Because the fund balance is being used to mask the real budget deficit.
      Mart
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perhaps a fuel tax as a percentage of sale rather than a fixed rate is better. As trucking moves to LNG/CNG and cars move to greater efficiency through electrification and lighter construction, it will become necessary to find an alternative to fuel taxes for road maintenance in my opinion. Washington and other states are applying special taxes to EVs: Will they apply special taxes to other alternate fuels such as natural gas? Some have suggested road taxes based on vehicle weight or mileage. Others have proposed a tax on tires. An additional overall tax may tax people who don't drive as much, or who rely on public transportation, although the number of households without a car is a small percentage in the U.S.. The question will become, "How should road maintenance be paid for if we eliminate fuel taxes?"
      Dreez28
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about people stop whining about public infrastructure and everything else, get a damn job, and pay off their ridiculously excessive debt. Then maybe the government will take notes and follow suite. This reckless spending, that too many people seem to think is fine, stops here and now. F-U congressman worthless Eff head.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      My fully paid for car gets on average 35mpg on the highway. My obese Tea Party neighbor's TWO crew cab trucks that he uses for nothing other than carting his ever widening ass around in gets considerably less. I will gladly pay an extra few cents if it helps the state of things. He however thinks the government is out to ruin his life, take his guns and make him diet. He thinks he's the patriot though.
        Basil Exposition
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        Did your neighbor get drunk and pee on your shrubs? You sound a little bitter.
          Terry Actill
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Hardly. I am a trim 195lbs and he's a lumbering 300lb paranoid asthmatic. I think if anybody is fretting over Obamacare it's Lard Boy not me. I love seeing these "patriots" get their XXXXL undies all twisted. They want freedom, but not pay for it.
          stonehunte
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Your neighbor sounds like the smart one. You really shouldn't rely on the government to tell you how to live your life. Your dear leader is a wolf in sheep's clothing. If you were a patriot, you would understand what America is all about and that our founding father's intention was to limit a potentially tyrannical central government (similar to the British Monarchy's power that so many laid down their lives to escape). Your dear leader and his corrupt minions want to lead us down the same path as countless failed socialist/communist governments in history. Anybody with an understanding of simple math and basic economics should understand that their policies are unsustainable. BTW, kuddos to your neighbor for driving a vehicle he enjoys; although, I'm sure you enjoy your 4-banger econobox too.
          JGM038
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          He just found out the effects of Obamacare on him and his family :P
          stonehunte
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Please explain to me how the government controlling your health care is increasing your freedom? The government can't build a website right with 1 billion dollars in funding and you want these morons running one of the most complex industries in the country? Keep in mind that your life depends on this industry.
          Terry Actill
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          @stonehunte I control my health therefore I control the effects of any healthcare. In particular my 300lb disgusting Tea Party neighbor who is on Medicare does not control his health, but is quite accepting of a state run health program that I have to pay for with my taxes. I don't complain though. It's part of living in a society.
          stonehunte
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Your neighbor on Medicare doesn't sound like much of a Tea Partier if he is dependent on government programs. Guess what, you are going to lose a lot of the control of your health care on this new plan. Welcome to socialism!
          Terry Actill
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          @stonehunte Well he is typical Tea Party supporter. He's a damned hypocrite. Game, set and match to Terry. Good night and good luck.
      IfIWereObama
      • 1 Year Ago
      Heck no. You can easily find that money 100 times over by cutting a tiny fraction of the fraud & waste in the government. There's no need to increase yet another tax because politicians are too lazy or unwilling to do that.
        rubley00
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IfIWereObama
        By fraud and waste, you mean the 1% going to people you don't like, not the enormous amount going to the Pentagon, right?
        delsolo1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IfIWereObama
        Start with the Pentagon
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about they stop subsidizing ethanol instead? That should take care of your shortfall.
      Kabayo
      • 1 Year Ago
      The first thing they should do is stop squandering the gas taxes on 'transit' and bike paths. They are trying to raise the gas tax so they can waste even more this way. Screw them!
        rhb2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kabayo
        I really enjoy the recent push for bike paths and rails to trails. Maybe you should try some outdoor recreation yourself and you wouldn't be so angry all the time! Lol
          UNDR8D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rhb2012
          Then perhaps you should be willing to pay to use those trails, as motorists pay to use the roads upon which they drive?
          Terry Actill
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rhb2012
          Most cyclists I know also own cars. This is America not The Netherlands.
        Zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kabayo
        More people on transit = fewer in cars = less congestion for YOU and your ignorance!
        axiomatik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kabayo
        The more people that can commute by bike or rail, the fewer cars clogging the roads at rush hour. Look at NYC and how bad traffic is there. Now imagine what the city would be like with no subway, and the only way for people to get to work was by car. Traffic would never move.
      rtttack
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we cut the fraud and waste in government first? Subsidizing the lazy, bailouts for wall street, endless wars, aid to countries that hate us, %$#@ed up unaffordable care act websites... I'm all for paying for things we need, but so much of our money does not go there.
        VL00
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rtttack
        Stop voting for Republicans
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VL00
          @GR, have you never heard of Medicare or Medicaid? How can you possibly say the government isn't running healthcare now? Also, that's not what I said. Re-read what I wrote. I said that if you increase the amount of people that have easy access to healthcare, you are going to overload an already scarce resource. Also, the management of healthcare under any "universal" type system would be terrible, just like all government agencies. Next, I think ACA has proven that the "insurance for all" idea isn't going to work. It will either be some people can't afford healthcare, or or everyone gets screwed in access(probably not the best way to phase this, but I think you get the point) to healthcare. That's my point. You're still increasing demand without touching supply. It will be a disaster.
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VL00
          Also, I never said we had universal HC. I just said my reasons for why it wouldn't succeed.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VL00
          Some one tell me the disadvantage of having universal healthcare. Some one tell me the advantage of worrying if I will be able to visit a doctor. Go ahead, give me an example of how universal healthcare has been detrimental to the population. There are a lot of countries ahead of us in this regard, and each one of them is doing quite well. We are the only country that spends so much, yet has such poor healthcare, so poor, that we rival third world countries.
          IBx27
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VL00
          Encouraging welfare on many counts - liberal president Starting lots of non-wars - liberal president Continuing aid to volatile countries - liberal president Socializing healthcare - liberal president
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VL00
          At CL, the problem with universal healthcare is that the government can't run anything properly. You said so yourself above in talking about DOT workers. It will also reduce the incentive to practice medicine because of a lack of pay and flexibility. I mean have you ever had an enjoyable experience at the DMV? Now translate that to healthcare. Not my choice of how I want my doctor to treat me.
          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VL00
          @Brandon, the problem with your argument is that you're saying the US government is running healthcare now. They aren't. Sure, they are mandating that everyone buy insurance, but you must buy insurance through a private insurance company. That's a lot different than the government running healthcare.
      NeO
      • 1 Year Ago
      You seen Detroit? Imagine that all over America. Why? Because Obama!!!
        HVH20
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NeO
        Best proving grounds for a cars suspension known to man!
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      $6 MORE A MONTH IN FUEL COSTS? Yeah, I think I can manage that, and so can everyone else. That's one latte a month to rebuild this country's infrastructure. A TRUE American knows that we've been neglecting our infrastructure for some 30 years now, and its finally come time to pay the piper - the free-ride is up. If you don't like it, get the hell out.
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Good god. Please stop. It has nothing to do with being able to "manage" it. It has to do with the fact that we refuse to make cuts to pay for things we actually need, for, you know, road maintenance and crap? How about we cut defense spending, and some of these unnecessary entitlement programs to pay for something we do actually need. Like INFRASTRUCTURE. We shouldn't have to pay 6 MORE dollars a month on top of the already excessive taxes we pay for basic needs like infrastructure. But as always, there is some idiot that says "oh, it's only 6 more dollars a month". Then a month later it's "6 more dollars a month". Then a year later it's "only 100 more dollars a month". STOP, we need LESS TAXES, not more.
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brandon
          Dude, do you know how much money we take in? Have you looked at the budget? Do you know how large just the military budget is? Or SSI/Medicare? STFU. We took in ~2.7 TRILLION in taxes, (just federal, that doesn't include state taxes). Our budget was ~4 trillion. You could easily find 1.3 trillion in cuts and still pay for infrastructure without poor people to breed, and old people to do nothing. Then we haven't even touched that bloated mess that is the military. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures China, with 3-4x as many people spends 1/3 of what we do. So give me a fing break. I'm sick and fing tired of you like think dipchits that can't think outside the scope of your stupid a$z fonking party you idiot. NO, i'm not a GD fing republican, I'm an anarchist that actually understands macro and micro economics.
          VL00
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brandon
          How can call our taxes excessive when they don't even come close to covering what we spend? I know, I know, cut spending. You do realize that we'd have to cut non-essential (servicing the debt, etc) by 50% to match the revenue right? Republicans cut taxes and increase spending. Better to increase taxes all the way up to what we need to balance the budget and work down from there. Let people feel the pain first.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I'd normally be OK with it, but I drive every day on the giant I95/128 federal highway widening project here in Massachusetts, and as I go by at a staggering 4 mph, I see 10-15 "workers" watching one guy almost work.
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @clquake
          Yet another major problem with letting the government control anything. But none of them will ever be fired.
          axiomatik
          • 1 Year Ago
          @clquake
          Are they government workers, or a private contractor?
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