The American Trucking Association (ATA) called for alternative funding measures for the improvement of the country’s roads and bridges.
General expectations are that Congress will not increase the federal fuel taxes, through which the infrastructure repairs get financed.
ATA proposed a different method of indexing motor fuel taxes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and estimating what would be the impact of improved fuel efficiency. Revenue from fuel taxes is expected to decline, because vehicles get better road mileage as they make less fuel stops.
Some of the other measures ATA suggested include: an annual “highway access fee” for all motorists, including truckers; imposing a pre-barrel tax on imported and domestic crude oil production; and utilizing royalty payments from new oil and gas leases as a funding resource.
ATA does not exclude the option funds from the general treasury to be transferred into the Highway Trust Fund. It has happened before, as Congress often approved such transfers to ensure the Fund’s financial stability.
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