fuel tax

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
Government, Business, Fuel

Rep. Earl Blumenauer Proposes Fuel Tax Increase

Earl Blumenauer Blumenauer speaks in Congress. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a member of the tax policy-writing Ways and Means panel, recently unveiled legislation that would increase federal fuel taxes.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 29, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Gas-Tax Hike Is in Play as Trump Weighs Infrastructure Politics

Refueling car Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The Trump administration hasn’t ruled out increasing the gas tax to help finance a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, but the idea has little support among officials who are wary of a politically risky move heading into the 2020 election.

May 17, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Canada Hikes Price of Diesel Fuel With New Carbon Tax

A truck enters Canada from the United States A truck enters Canada from the United States. (Thinkstock)

The Canadian government has begun implementation of a federal carbon tax program that will extend the increase in the cost of diesel fuel for all truckers, including those from the United States, doing business in all 10 Canadian provinces.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 9, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Infrastructure Funding Hits Roadblocks in Michigan Legislature

Gas Marco Ugarte/Associated Press

As negotiations over Michigan’s annual budget pick up the pace, fissures are developing between the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over the perennial problem of road funding.

Lauren Gibbons | MLive.com
April 5, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

U.S. Chamber (Again) Pledges to Support Hill Proponents of Fuel Tax Increase

Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue will advocate for members of Congress who step up in support of a fuel tax hike to pay for infrastructure costs. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce via YouTube)

To those members of Congress who support raising the federal fuel tax, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants them to know they have its support. Here's your Capitol Agenda look ahead at the week for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 25, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Fuel-Tax Hike to Assist Mobile Port Widening, Alabama Lawmakers Say

Mobile Port of Mobile, Ala. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Republican lawmakers who backed the 10-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase know that various irate constituents might be waiting at home to give them an earful on their spring break next week. But the coastal Alabama contingent will be able to point to a very tangible benefit from their supportive votes: a deepening and widening of the Mobile ship channel.

John Sharp | Alabama Media Group (Birmingham, Ala.)
March 25, 2019

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