By: Mary von Euler
The Transportation bill that usually had broad bipartisan support is stalled in Congress. Our roads won’t be repaired; public transit won’t be funded; states will be starved for transportation funds; millions of jobs will be lost. All because Republicans in Congress are averse to increasing taxes to pay for anything at all, and too many Democrats are playing along.
Today gasoline prices are so low that people are turning back to Hummers and other gas guzzlers, according to the Washington Post (11/11/14). The federal gas tax now stands at 18.4 cents/gallon of gas, and 24.4 cents/gallon of diesel. Also according to the Post, raising diesel by 15 cents and gas by 10 cents would yield the $120 billion needed to fund the 6-year Transportation bill. I suppose this particular proposal reflects that Congress would anger fewer people by sticking it to the truck drivers inasmuch as there are more car drivers than truck drivers. As a car driver, I think raising both gas and diesel by 15 cents sounds fairer – and it should be done NOW – when no one would feel any pain. I would earnestly urge everyone to write to Congress today.Back