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A bipartisan effort to raise gas taxes was launched in the Senate, according to the National Association of Budget Officers:

Canada Goose online Senators Christopher S. Murphy (D CT) and Bob Corker (R TN) proposed a long term plan to ensure the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund by raising the gas tax by six cents in each of the next two years and indexing it canada goose black friday sale to inflation. The bipartisan proposal would raise roughly $164 billion in additional revenue over the next 10 years.

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Meanwhile conservatives are plotting a long term strategy to push uk canada goose outlet the federal government out of highway funding (except for the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways). That the case they already are making in proposals from the right addressing the impending shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund and the move toward the broader highway bill.

seeing the groundwork being laid now for what will become a real conversation about the future of the federal role in surface transportation, said Dan Holler, a spokesman for Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation. point is the people up here [DC] aren the best ones to make decisions. Let cut out the middle man and move this Canada Goose Coats On Sale back canada goose store to the states where cheap Canada Goose it belongs.

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canada goose store Conservatives are rallying around bills introduced last year by Sen. Mike Lee, R Utah, (S 1702) and Rep. Tom Graves, R Ga., (HR 3486) that buy canada goose jacket cheap would phase out the federal gasoline tax and turn over most of the federal transportation program to state legislatures. Their bills would reduce the tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to 3.7 cents per gallon over five years. States could then decide whether to make up the difference by raising their own gas taxes.

But there are some issues with the federal government taking a smaller role in highway issues.

canada goose coats on sale Making states responsible for their own transportation networks could have serious national consequences. States such as Montana or North Dakota that carry truck traffic to and from the West Coast are crucial for commerce Canada Goose sale and homeland security purposes. But they would not be able to maintain their current level of infrastructure if they were forced to rely on their own tax revenue.

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Canada Goose sale Some canada goose uk shop states already have or are considering raising their own gas taxes. Texas voters will see a November constitutional amendment to divert oil and gas severance taxes from the state’s rainy day fund to build and repair roads. America has canada goose uk black friday about 4 million miles of public roads to maintain along with new ones that must be built.


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