The Transportation Commission's Proposed 200 Percent Gas Tax Increase: One of Several Bad Ideas in Its Report
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Ronald D. Utt
Keywords: Smart growth; earmarks; surface transportation; transportation policy
Coverage: United States
The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission has recommended raising the gasoline tax by 218 percent over the next five years to fund new road, transit, administrative, and environmental initiatives. By rejecting the commission's counterproductive recommendations and focusing instead on ending wasteful diversions from the highway trust fund, Congress could redeploy an estimated $19.3 billion to general-purpose roads.