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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.