By Michelle Macaluso
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — President Donald Trump is reportedly open to the idea of hiking up the federal gasoline tax to generate revenue for his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan.
With an estimated 270 million cars on the roads across the country, Trump believes a 25 cent increase in the federal gas tax would help pay to fix the nation’s roads.
“We need to do something. The roads are just horrible at this point,” said Pat Dipersia.
The last time the federal gas tax was raised was 25 years ago. The current tax is 18.4 cents per gallon for regular gasoline and about 24.4 cents a gallon for diesel.
“Instinctively, I’m not crazy about the idea, but realistically, it may have to be an option,” said Edward Pokrass.
The national average for gas prices is $2.541.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says raising the gas tax is on the table but not ideal.
“There are pros and cons. The gas tax has adverse impact, a very regressive impact, on the most vulnerable within our society,” Chao said at a February 13 White House briefing.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce backs the quarter hike and says it would raise $394 billion over the next decade.
However, some conservative organization do not like the plan. In a report by Freedom Partners, a group backed by the Koch Brothers, it found that a 25 cent gas tax increase would cost the average household of dollars more a year.
State gasoline taxes vary from state to state, from $0.12 to about $0.60 a gallon. Since 2013, half of all states have increased gas taxes. Even without a federal gas tax hike, for many Americans they are already been spending more at the pump.