By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA
The Washington Post, which endorsed a gas tax increase in a March 9 editorial, published a letter to the editor from ARTBA President and CEO Dave Bauer noting how states are leading the way at boosting transportation investment by raising or adjusting their gas taxes.
“Regarding the editorial ‘A gas-tax hike that makes sense’, according to our Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC), legislators in 37 states have introduced 185 bills aimed at boosting transportation investment in the first two months of 2019. Twenty-one states have proposed increasing one or more types of motor fuel tax to generate new funding, and since 2013, 27 states have raised or adjusted their state gas tax to increase investment,” Bauer wrote citing TIAC data.
Bauer added that voting for a gas tax increase is not political suicide, noting a TIAC report that shows since 2013, voters reelected 92 percent of nearly 1,900 state lawmakers that voted for a gas tax increase and ran for reelection.