States hit by falling revenue from fuel taxes are considering new sources of revenue, including raising gasoline taxes and creating taxes based on miles traveled, USA Today reported.
At least 13 states are considering proposals to find new revenue because stagnant federal and state gasoline taxes are not keeping up with needed maintenance of highways, bridges and other infrastructure, the paper said in a front-page story.
Sixteen states have not raised their gas taxes in at least 20 years, USA Today reported, citing the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a think tank.
Much of the debate is coming because gas-tax revenues are declining as more people use mass transit and bicycles to commute and as cars become more fuel-efficient, thereby lowering the amount of gasoline taxes paid.
Oregon, Washington and Vermont are among the states considering replacing or supplementing gas taxes with taxes on vehicle-miles traveled, the newspaper said.