Let Gas Taxes Pay for Infrastructure Fixes

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Sturm College of Law


Gas tax, Infrastructure, Gas prices


Although gas prices are lower today in inflation-adjusted dollars than they were a quarter of a century ago, few politicians have resisted the urge to exploit consumer angst about gas prices. Their solution? To impose extra taxes on oil companies that will necessarily be reflected in the price of gas at the pump. The problem with that solution, however, is that these higher gas taxes will simply end up in the bottomless pit of general revenues rather than being earmarked for improvements to the U.S.'s collapsing infrastructure.

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