Does a gas tax increase by any other name have a chance of getting through Congress?The country’s biggest trucking group is pressing its call for more infrastructure spending by calling the fuel levy a user fee, hoping the shift in language triggers a change in heart among lawmakers who are adamantly opposed to raising the lever on road spending, “WSJ” reports.
The WSJ reports the effort is part of the growing push by highway groups to find the money to back President Donald Trump’s call for new investment in roads, bridges, ports and other infrastructure. The administration is looking to leverage $200 billion in federal money to lure in more than $1 trillion in spending from state and local governments, as well as private groups. Trucking companies want higher taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel because they worry the alternative would be more tolls, which truckers abhor. They face an uphill climb: The last time the gas tax was raised was 1993.