States across the country have started increasing taxes on gasoline to pay for road repairs and maintenance. While gas taxes have remained relatively constant, there has been a decline in gas consumption and a rise in construction costs, leading to a shortfall in funds.
The price of gas, however, is still high, averaging about $3.60 a gallon nationwide, meaning any tax hikes could hurt consumers.
Yet some 17 states have reportedly enacted or are considering increased taxes and other fees, reports The Wall Street Journal. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re Republican, Democrat, tea party,” Texas state Sen. Robert Nichols, a Republican who chairs the state Senate transportation committee, told the Journal, adding, “Everybody recognizes the need for transportation funding.”
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