Highway funding: Federal fuel tax, state taxes in play
A Congressman who will play a major role in the passage of this year’s highway appropriations bill grabbed a lot of headlines when he declared two weeks back that increasing the federal fuel tax should not even be on the table, this time around at least.
However, if Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA ), the influential Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, sticks to that position, he may find himself much like the tyke with his finger in the dyke attempting to hold back a flood, given the groundswell of support mounting for the first fuel-tax hike in 20 years.
But, wait. There’s more. One transportation-policy expert contends that a “revolution” in transportation funding launched by more than a third of the separate states is already under way.