A deadlock in Congress has resulted in eight extensions of the national transportation bill. The Republican majority in Congress won’t permit the transfer of federal funds from its general spending account to bolster the Highway Trust Fund. And neither party will lead the charge to raise the gasoline tax. Few taxes provoke more fury than those at the fuel pump and 2012 is an election year.
Two members of the Leadership Initiative for Transportation Solvency in the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace say it’s time to debunk the myths surrounding the maligned gas tax.