Hike In Gas Tax Under Consideration

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Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, claims gas tax revenue is often used to fund projects unrelated to infrastructure.

As a candidate, Trump vowed not to take a salary, which is $400,000 annually.

The fuel tax has the support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which added its proposal for a 25 cent per gallon increase ahead of Trump's announcement on infrastructure.

"He said that he knew it was a hard thing for legislators to support and said that he would support the leadership to do that and provide the political cover to do that", Carper told CNN.

Earlier this week, Trump released details of a $1.5 trillion plan that relies heavily on state and private money to get paid for.

The increase in the tax, which has been 18.4 cents/gal since 1993, would offset some of the cost of Trump's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, which was unveiled Monday.

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The rollback was praised by National Rifle Association Director Chris Cox, who said at the time, "We have now have a president who respects and supports our right to keep and bear arms".

The tax is regressive, and many lawmakers have expressed concern about the optics of increasing taxes after passing their massive tax cut bill.

Pennsylvania pays the highest taxes on gasoline in the nation at $0.771 per gallon, according to figures from the American Petroleum Institute.

Filling a car's tank now carries a federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, a rate that hasn't changed since 1993. On Thursday the average price of gas was $2.55 per gallon, down from $2.60 a week ago, but well above last year's $2.28 per gallon, according to AAA.

Chao also said the administration would address the Highway Trust Fund, which funds government spending for most highways and mass transit, because dwindling funds are expected to pose a "huge problem" by 2021. "President Trump's infrastructure proposal is a disaster", said Shelley Poticha, of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Government data shows that an increase of 20 cents per gallon on gas prices this year has already cost about $34 billion. White House press aides' responses to questions about the Porter case ― including what White House Chief of Staff John Kelly knew and when ― dominated attention in what was supposed to be a time to discuss repairing the nation's roads, bridges, and waterways. His otherwise understandable preoccupation with reducing USA trade deficits has been led astray by indiscriminate America-centrism and his overall refusal to accept widely accepted worldwide trade protocols and practices, which are outcomes of mostly US-initiated and dominated trade negotiations under the framework of the World Trade Organisation.

While blaming the present U.S. duty structure for his country's trade deficits, Trump is knowingly denying its historical contribution to the prosperity his country enjoys, as well as the benefits it brings to the average American consumer and business.

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