Is the Time Right for a Gas-Tax Hike?

Is the Time Right for a Gas-Tax Hike?

NATIONAL JOURNAL 01/07/15
By Clare Foran (@ckmarie), Jason Plautz (@jason_plautz) and Ben Geman (@ben_geman)

WHAT INSIDERS ARE SAYING

IS THE TIME RIGHT FOR A GAS-TAX HIKE?

As gas prices continue to fall, policy wonks are eyeing a potential increase in the federal gas tax. But will there be a political opening for an increase? Read the full question at the National Journal Energy Insiders discussion here.

“It’s the perfect time for a gas tax. In fact, Congress could call it a ‘safety tax.’ Raise it solely to pay the $3.6 trillion bill that the American Society of Civil Engineers says is required to bring our severely eroded infrastructure up to code. The new Congress, however partisan, should be able to get behind a safety tax that ensures our roads and bridges are sturdy enough to use.”—Michael Shank, director of media strategy, Climate Nexus