U.S. Needs Bridge To Better Infrastructure

In a weekend interview with CBS News’ John Dickerson, President Donald Trump said, “We’re going to do infrastructure very quickly. We’ve got the plan largely completed, and we’ll be filing over the next two or three weeks, maybe sooner.” The president said he’s open to a gasoline and diesel fuel tax to help pay for spending on transportation upgrades. He said the idea was presented to him by the trucking industry. In the past, the industry has also lobbied for a gas tax increase in Idaho. If that sounds counterintuitive, it shouldn’t. The trucking industry is hurt more by inadequate roads, bridges and tunnels than it would be with a bump in the gas tax. Poor roads increase travel times, accidents and maintenance. “The cost of doing nothing is more expensive than a higher fuel tax,” Chris Spear, president of the American Trucking Associations, said in an Associated Press article.

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Source: The spokesman-Review

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