Obama and Congress on The Long-Term Highway Fund Solution.

The American Trucking Association has been pushing for Congress to find a long term highway funding solution however, Obama does not believe that it will get done this year, suggesting Congress concentrate on finding a short-term highway funding fix instead. Obama challenges congress to “redesign and think through how, what is a sustainable way for us on a regular basis to make the investments we need… we’ve got to figure it out”

Raising the gas tax seems like the quickest and most rational fix, which is probably why a bi-partisan pair in the house is pushing for a fuel tax increase. Their bill proposition suggests raising the gasoline and diesel tax by 15 cents over the next three year and more importantly indexing the tax to inflation. They quoted another president, “We simply cannot allow this magnificent (infrastructure) system to deteriorate beyond repair.”- Reagan. He then raised the gas tax from 4 to 9 cents a gallon two months later. The bi-partisan pair might have some support but there are huge challenges.

The reason Obama believes they will not find a highway fund solution anytime soon is the current lame-duck session that Congress is in. Plus, even if they weren’t in a lame-duck session Congress hasn’t raised the gas tax in over 20 years and there’s a reason for that, it’s strategically frightening for members of Congress. It seems the challenges for this simple solution to a major problem might actually be detrimental.


For The Video on Obama’s Proposition go to Transport Topics>>

For More on the Bi- Partisans Proposed Raise in Gas Tax go to HDT>>

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Todays decaying infrastructure, current issues and plans by Secretary of Transportation

Obama’s first secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood and the current secretary of transportation Anthony Foxx have both discussed  the importance of voting this coming tuesday, when 435 congress seats will be elected. They remind us that the current congress has not been able to pass a long term high way bill, LaHood claims that there is no vision in todays congress. Here are some interesting infrastructure facts by both the former and current secretary of transportation.

Thoughts by Ray Lahood (Former Secretary of Transportation)

– The US used to be #1 in infrastructure, we are now #15

-“Build an interstate road and you create a corridor of commerce.”

– Recommends gas tax increase of 10 cents per gallon, and it needs to be indexed to the cost of living.

– Him and the rest of the Obama administration were working on plans to boost a world class high speed rail which has cost $8 billion.

Thoughts by Anthony Foxx (Current Secretary of Transportation)

-People are finally understanding that “short term measures are doing damage to our system.”

-The current gas tax is 18.4 cents but has not been raised since 1993.

-The Last Transportation Bill approved by congress (2012) included $50 billion per year but the gas tax is only bring in $34 billion per year.

For more on Ray Lahood go to Trucking Info>>

For Anthony Foxx  go to The Trucker>>