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Brock Adams’ 1977 Plan for Transportation Revenue

This PDF file contains a July 15, 1977 memo from Transportation Secretary Brock Adams to President Carter saying that “the transportation and energy problems cannot be pulled apart. Responsible sentiment is rising for a marriage of these two problems, and the argument is helped along by the realities of Congressional action.” Adams proposed increased energy taxes (either an oil well-head tax or an increase in the gasoline tax) to remove the need for general revenues to be used to pay for mass transit and railroad programs. Together with memos in opposition to the Adams plan from White House energy adviser Jim Schlesinger, domestic policy adviser Stu Eizenstat, and Treasury Secretary Michael Blumemthal.

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