Issue / Fuel tax

Just How Bad of an Idea Is a Gas Tax Holiday?

“Since the Trust Fund ran out of money in 2008, instead of raising taxes or cutting spending, Congress has chosen the path of...

Why A Gas Tax Holiday Likely Wouldn’t Make a Big Difference At The Pump

And while savings at the pump may be relatively small, you could drive a Hummer through the hole it would leave in the federal...

Vulnerable Senate D’s Propose $20B Gas Tax Holiday

With high gas prices much on the mind of voters, a group of Democratic Senators led by Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) this...

White House Shows Flexibility on Taxes on Under-400K Earners

The Biden Administration opened the door this week to increases in excise tax increases on persons making under $400,000 per...

30 Years Ago: The Failure of the “Nickel for America”

(I meant to revisit this on August 1, on the 30th anniversary of the event, but the rollout of the bipartisan infrastructure bill...

As electric vehicles take off, Washington considers how to tax them

The fuel tax “doesn’t come close to paying for all of the federal transportation spending,” said Robert Puentes, president of the...

How the gas tax could help pay for a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal

Jeff Davis, a fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, a policy analysis group, estimates the tax would need to be more than...

Looking Back – When Amtrak Almost Got its Own Trust Fund in 1997

The discussion in this week’s House high-speed rail hearing of a possible federal trust fund to support Amtrak capital expenditures...

Senate Hearing Kicks Tires on Federal Mileage Fee

A Senate hearing on April 14 wound up focusing on what needs to happen next in order to begin the transition from a system that...

A gas tax? A mileage tax? Biden wary of user fees to pay for roads, bridges and highways

Eno's Jeff Davis suggests that if the government isn’t willing to increase taxes on highway users, it should reduce spending from the...

What’s Doable If Democrats Go It Alone on Infrastructure

Congress could tweak the rate of the motor fuels tax -- the main source of money for the Highway Trust Fund -- under reconciliation...

How Imbalanced Will Another Large Bailout Make the Highway Trust Fund?

With Democrats holding the White House and both chambers of Congress, a clear appetite exists for significantly increased funding on...

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