Highway bill called inadequate, but no one wants gas tax hike

Highway bill called inadequate, but no one wants gas tax hike

Transportation advocates, including Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and former Secretary Ray LaHood, say the highway bill that Congress sent to President Obama falls short. But no one wants to raise the gas tax, and a new poll shows that Americans donêt want to pay a higher gas tax to fund highway repair and construction.

After a game of chicken between the House and Senate, at the last minute Congress passed a $10.9 billion bill that lasts until May 2015. Speaking to a group of business and legislative leaders looking for a transportation solution in Georgia, former DOT head Ray LaHood called the bill –totally inadequate,” reports the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Secretary Foxx hosted an online town hall meeting to urge voters to press their members of Congress for a longer term transportation bill over the recess. President Obama has proposed a $302 billion measure that includes $150 billion for road and transit projects, paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.

A new poll by the Associated Press shows that six in 10 Americans believe –the economic benefits of good highways, railroads and airports outweigh the cost to taxpayers,” reports AP. But only 14 percent support raising the federal gas tax to pay for transportation projects.

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