“Democrats, contractors and unions are pressing Congress to raise the gas tax to fund the Highway Trust Fund despite opposition from key Republicans that makes any increase unlikely,” according to USA Today.
“The Highway Trust Fund is the primary source for federal highway and transit programs funding for local, state and national projects. It is funded by the federal gas tax — currently set at 18.4 cents per gallon — which hasn’t been raised since 1993. In the past six years, there have been 32 short-term measures taken to maintain the fund.”
“Already, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Wyoming have had to postpone transportation projects because of funding delays.”