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Government, Business

McConnell Rules Out GOP Support for Tax Hikes to Pay for Infrastructure

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves his Capitol Hill office in Washington on March 15. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg News) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves his Capitol Hill office in Washington on March 15. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg News)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said there was no chance that Republicans would back any tax increases to pay for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan, leaving Democrats to try to force through a package on their own.

Steven T. Dennis | Bloomberg News
March 16, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Secretary Pete Buttigieg Suggests Usage Charge as Sustainable Funding Solution

Pete Buttigieg Secretary Buttigieg delivers his address virtually. (Transport Topics)

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg acknowledged the lack of sustainable transportation financing sources, but suggested an increase to the federal fuel tax rate would not offer a long-term solution.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 25, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Chicago Mayor’s Budget Plan, Including Fuel Tax Hike, Is Approved

Chicago at dusk A view of Chicago at dusk. The 2021 budget includes plans for the city’s vehicle fuel tax on nonairline purchases to increase by 3 cents per gallon. (Gian Lorenzo Ferretti Photography)

The Chicago City Council has voted to approve Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s 2021 budget proposal, which includes a fuel tax increase.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 1, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

States Take Action as COVID-19 Chokes Revenue Streams

Sunoco gas station via RiverNorthPhotography via Getty Images A Sunoco gas station in Troy, Mich. (RiverNorthPhotography via Getty Images)

Many state transportation agencies continue to develop revenue forecasts to determine how much money they can expect to lose in fuel tax revenue, tolls and transit fares in the wake of the pandemic.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Chicago Mayor’s Budget Proposal Calls for City Fuel Tax Hike

View of Chicago A view of Chicago at sunrise. Chicago’s current vehicle fuel tax rate is 5 cents per gallon. Additionally, Illinois’ motor fuel tax is 46 cents per gallon for diesel and 38 cents per gallon for gasoline. (Gian Lorenzo Ferretti Photography/Getty Images)

Chicago is planning for a 3-cent fuel tax increase in an effort to help restore the city’s financial well-being amid the coronavirus pandemic,

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 22, 2020
Government, Fuel

Montana County Votes for Local Gas Tax

Missoula, Mont. Missoula, Mont., by akpakp/Getty Images

Voters in Missoula County, Mont., recently approved a gas tax as a way to finance local transportation projects.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 4, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

US Chamber Renews Calls for Fuel Tax Increase

U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Ed Mortimer Ed Mortimer urges Senate panel to raise the diesel and gas tax to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. (Via banking.senate.gov)

WASHINGTON — The expiration this fall of the country’s central highway policy law means that its reauthorization must be urgently addressed by Congress, Ed Mortimer, transportation director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told a Senate committee Feb. 25.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 25, 2020
Government, Fuel

Former T&I Leader Bill Shuster Touts Fuel Tax, Presses for Leadership

Bill Shuster Bill Shuster by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

With the U.S. House of Representatives readying consideration of a comprehensive highway bill as early as the week of Jan. 27, Bill Shuster, formerly the leader of that chamber’s transportation panel, argued that an increase in the federal fuel tax is an ideal approach for Congress to consider as a means of funding for the measure.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 23, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Michigan Lawmakers Ready to Act on Budget — Without Road Deal

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has been pursuing a 45-cent fuel tax increase to fund the state's crumbling roads, a plan Republican lawmakers do not support. (Associated Press/David Eggert)

Republican leaders in Michigan’s Senate and House of Representatives are prepared to proceed with a budget, albeit one that doesn’t include a deal to secure funding for the state’s crumbling roads.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 9, 2019
Government, Safety, Fuel

Secretary Chao: Fuel Tax a ‘Topic of Discussion’ During Infrastructure Policy Talks

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao outside the White House in Washington on May 7, 2019. (Associated Press/Andrew Harnik)

Responding to whether the federal fuel tax should be raised to help fund the country’s corridors, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao acknowledged the funding approach garnered interest during negotiations of a comprehensive infrastructure bill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 2, 2019