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Policymakers Refusal To Contemplate Higher Gasoline Taxes Has The Country On a Path To Disaster

By Matthew Yglesias  

"Policymakers Refusal To Contemplate Higher Gasoline Taxes Has The Country On a Path To Disaster"

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Congress may have to consider a smaller highway-funding bill than initially planned because of a steep drop in revenue from the federal gasoline tax, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said Thursday. [...] Lawmakers haven’t reached a consensus on how to plug the gap. President Barack Obama and leading lawmakers have rejected increasing the 18.4-cent federal tax on a gallon of gas.

I wouldn’t even necessarily mind this personally (even though it’s dumb regardless) if not for the fact that these “highway bills” aren’t really highway bills, they provide the meager funding streams the congress deigns to offer for most alternative transportation as well.

You don’t win the future by cutting back on your physical infrastructure out of fear of taxing pollution. Just saying.

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