This is a follow-up to a post that I published back in April, 2014. Since this post was published, very little has been done in Washington, D.C. to arrive at a long-term solution to keep our National Highway Trust Fund going. As this editorial says, the Congressional bickering continues to drag on with no end in sight. In fact, just like many huge issues that Congress has bickered about in the past, the issue of replenishing the National Highway Trust Fund will likely come down to a series of last-minute, short-term, “band-aids” to keep the fund going in a very limited capacity for just a span of a few months before having to arrive at the broader issue again. These political games MUST COME TO AN END!
Now, one of the bright spots that have arisen through the last few weeks of partisan squabbling is a proposal headed by Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to raise the nation’s gas tax by 12 cents, which would raise an estimated $164 billion dollars. While this proposal sounds like a good thing, some people are likely going to continue to question the long-term viability of utilizing a gas tax to help fund our nation’s infrastructure. Some politicians have expressed that they want to move towards a new revenue source, namely Vehicle Miles Traveled (or VMT) to replace the gas tax. Tea Party activists like Sharon Calvert of the Tampa Tea Party recently published on the Eye On Tampa Bay blog that the National Highway Trust Fund should be completely done away with, and that the states should be dictating infrastructure funding decisions.
In the end, the Congressional games aren’t going to end. However, you can make a difference in the decision that your elected officials make. Once again, l strongly suggest contacting your legislators in Washington and demand that they come up with a long-term transportation funding solution that will be able to help our economy recover and grow. We cannot let Congress keep playing the “kick the can down the road” game, especially with transportation. They must devise a long-term solution to keep our infrastructure funded.