Former Transportation Secretary calls for gas tax increase

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in St. Louis Tuesday, speaking near the Poplar Street Bridge Construction Project.

LaHood is pushing Congress to pass a gas tax increase. He said it's time to change the amount of tax you pay at the pump for a gallon of gas from about 18 cents to 28 cents.

LaHood says the money is needed to help replenish the National Highway Trust Fund, which helps pays for roads and bridges across the country. The fund will be bankrupt by the end of the summer.

It's been more than two decades since the gas tax has been increased.

7 comments

  • Fed Up

    “LaHood is pushing Congress to pass a gas tax increase”…….another typical liberal, gee what a surprise.

  • Therealbyebyetotherite

    35.7¢ per gal Missouri state plus 18¢ federal really not enough, maybe it’s because 20 percent of the country is not leaving the house to work any longer so now they have to take more from the working people.

  • Groovy Chick

    Good one, byebye. Why can’t they raise taxes by less than ten cents a gallon? Just like Illinois income tax. I understand raising tax rates to keep up with inflation, but the greedy jerks want to reach in your pockets and yank out money from our food budgets.

    • OhioAtheist (@OhioAtheist1)

      In order for the taxes collected to match the amount being paid out to states on highway projects, a 10-12 cent increase would be required. A tax increase less than that would cause the highway trust fund to become insolvent…again, like it’s about to do, if we don’t fix the problem immediately. Currently, the highway trust fund brings in about $34 billion a year, but it pays out over $50. A 10-12 cent increase would plug that gap. Otherwise, you’d have to cut transportation spending dramatically, and no politician will take that risk.

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