Majority Would Support a 10-Cent Gas Tax Hike

The Hill: “A majority of voters would support a 10-cent increase in the federal gas tax if the money is used for specific transportation improvements, according to a new poll released on Wednesday.”

“The poll, which was conducted by the San Jose, Calif. Mineta Transportation Institute, found that 71 percent of voters would be willing to pay a dime more than the current 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax if the money is spent on ‘projects to maintain streets, roads, and highways.’”

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The director of the study said the findings show voters are willing to support a gas tax increase if they can be assured the money will be used to pay for transportation projects.

“’Conventional wisdom says that Americans strongly oppose any increase in the federal gas tax,’ Dr. Asha Weinstein Agrawal said in a statement. ‘However, this survey shows that significant majorities want the government to provide better transportation infrastructure, are willing to pay for improvements, and want gas tax revenue spent on public transportation as well as on roads and highways.’”

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