Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has stated that the administration is considering increasing the federal gas tax. The last time it was increased was 25 years ago during President Clinton’s first term. The tax currently sits at 18.4 cents on gasoline and 24.4 cents for diesel. The Chamber of Commerce is recommending a 25 cent increase added on to the current tax to be instituted over a five year period. According to Chao the administration has not taken the idea of a gas tax increase off the table.
The gas tax is considered a regressive tax affecting those who can least afford it. If a Republican Administration was to pass this type of tax the Democrats would use it to attack the President during the next election cycle. The people most adversely affected by this will be those who live in more rural areas such as “fly over” country, the states that supported our President during the last election. These people will not be to happy about a tax that they feel will be used to address transportation problems that are mainly affecting the higher populated areas on either coast.
As usual our representatives in Washington only have one answer to problems and that is steal more money from its citizens. Our government waste billions of dollars every year but instead of cutting useless programs and putting the money to important infrastructure needs they would rather raise taxes. We the people are Taxed Enough Already. This is why the Tea Party movement was started ten years ago. Maybe it is time to start it up once again since Washington didn’t learn anything last time.