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Senators Corker (R) and Murphy (D) want to the tax rate... Senators Corker (R) and Murphy (D) want to the tax rate to inflation. (Shutterstock)
One Democrat and one Republican senator are reaching across the aisle to try to solve an upcoming funding shortfall for US road improvements. Of course, it involves raising taxes, so this first step might also be the last in the journey. Early reviews are naturally mixed.

The issue is the federal road-improvement fund that's slated to go insolvent this summer. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) want to address this by proposing the first federal hike in gas taxes since 1993,Reuters reports. Specifically, the proposal is to increase per-gallon taxes on both gasoline and diesel fuel by six cents for two consecutive years. That'd bring federal gas taxes to 30.4 cents a gallon and diesel to 36.4 cents per gallon. After that, the gas tax would be tied to inflation.

Given that mid-term elections are taking place in November, there may not be much of a chance of such taxes being endorsed. Still, sources for the US Highway Trust fund have become progressively more of an issue because fleetwide fuel economy is at an all-time high. With nationwide driving plateauing, it's getting increasingly difficult for the feds to collect their pennies per gallon.

This spring, the Obama Administration sent a bill to Congress that would free up about $87 billion during the next four years for highway repairs. Late last year, a Democratic representative from Oregon, Earl Blumenauer, proposed a 15-cent gas tax increase. There is broad support outside of political circles for an increase, but his proposal went nowhere.

This article originally appeared on Autoblog Green.


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      Tammy
      • 10 Months Ago
      They say they want to raise the tax on gas. You know why? because they don't pay for it out of there own pocket. I'm sure the government pays for there gas with the car that is driven for them. They have no clue how the working class fight paycheck to paycheck just to get by. They don't care they have their 401 the checks they get when they retire, the money they have left over to put in savings. I only wish I had a savings account. Oh thats right I do and it has $5.06 in there I have had to use it all to just get by. For once I wish these guys had to live on what we have to live on and see how much they get to put away then, because it would be a big fat 0.
      Glenn
      • 10 Months Ago
      When voters keep putting the same crooks back in office,what can you expect?More of the same.Some of those idiots have been in office over 40 years,and voters keep putting them back in office.Nothing new,under the sun.
      efat53yz
      • 10 Months Ago
      remember when the goverment tried to convince us that OPEC was the enemy???
      erosenb
      • 10 Months Ago
      NO, NO, NO, NO! Especially tyiing that ti inflation. Massachusetts did that and I guarantee it will be repealed in November.
      goodlucktu
      • 10 Months Ago
      why not just shut the door on the middle class...they cant afford to get to work now...just finish us off... what the hell..welfare states for all.. let see what that will cost us..joke along with no brains.. if this is the way...do it...ya right!!!!!
      raydar67
      • 10 Months Ago
      Hey,bend us over,give us a thrill......'All pigs are equal,but some pigs are more equal than others.'
      ddstan1120
      • 10 Months Ago
      Maybe there could be a "bipartisan" proposal to find out where the billions of dollars in gasoline taxes is used on things other than roads and bridges, etc. Both parties are guilty of siphoning these funds for their own pet pork barrell projects that will keep them in their jobs. Give them more tax monies, and they will find even more goofy ways to waste it.
      rbell72981
      • 10 Months Ago
      Cut aid to other countries by the amount needed. Just the aid to muslim countries alone would be enough. And if oBUMa and the spouse would cut out golf and vacations for 1 year, BINGO there is the money.
      American 1st
      • 10 Months Ago
      Every penny increase on gas increases the cost of food & all other goods in the USA. $5 FOR A POUND OF HAMBURGER ISN'T ENOUGH?
      ualfriend
      • 10 Months Ago
      Hay dumb ass how many vacations did your hero gw take
      C.J.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Just what this economy needs, more taxes. How about stop sending money all over the world to help other countries. Keep it here and take care of America. Washington IS out of touch and has had brain freeze for a long time. This is just one thing that will crush any recovery. Michigan at the same time wants to increase gas tax by 12 cents............crushing double blow, will keep tourism down to a low.................way to go! And to think we elected all these "out of touch" idiots.
      dchodat
      • 10 Months Ago
      The gas tax would be tied to inflation? That's what the liberal clowns in Massachusetts have done already. In that way they can have an automatic tax increase each year without having to take any up or down vote in the legislature. In the words of the church lady - "isn't that special". Massachusetts is currently collecting signatures to have the inflation clause overturned through a ballot question. .
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