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Paying for Infrastructure with the Gas Tax

Chaaron Pearson on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

How do you pay for infrastructure? Three states are looking at their gas tax.

Iowa lawmakers say gas tax increase is a 50-50 issue

Iowa’s senate majority leader says a substantial number of republicans and democrats in the state senate support investing in the state’s infrastructure. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission recommended raising registration fees for new vehicles by one percent, establishing a new user fee for hybrid vehicles and a phased gas tax increase equivalent to a 10-cent hike. Read more: Sioux City Journal

The extra mile: Maryland gas tax could increase

Maryland’s legislative session begins Wednesday, and a proposed hike to the gas tax will be a big issue. Watch the video for more details, including how money from the tax would be used: WUSA9

Minnesota tax cut on autopilot

On July 1, Minnesota’s highway fuel tax will go up a half-penny per gallon. Unless there is legislative action, it won’t go up again—ever. While some may cheer, others are considering what that may mean for the safety, comfort, efficiency and even the cost of driving in the long run. Read more: editorial from Minnesota 2020

Tags: Gas tax, Infrastructure, taxes

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