Congress Proposing to Increase Gas Tax

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- As prices rise at the pump, one proposal in Congress would bump them up even more.

Unrest in Iraq is causing uncertainty at the pump across the United States. AAA reports mounting pressure in the Middle East is resulting in mounting prices here at home.

If you think you're paying enough at the pump right now, a proposal in the U.S. Senate would raise the federal gasoline tax by 12 cents per gallon.

The tax hike would help pay for the country's highway and transportation programs.

The Federal Highway Trust Fund is forecast to go broke this fall. If you are wondering, you're already paying more than 18 cents a gallon of federal gas tax.

"I think it's ridiculous," said Maggie Musgrave, who said she bikes to work because gas prices are always high, and getting higher. "When I started driving at age 16, I could fill up my tank with $20. Now I don't foresee myself ever not riding a bike to work as long as possible."

On the other side, Brad Gould said he's all for the tax hike, saying he hopes it will help people cut down on driving to help the environment, "The extra 12 cents in the entire price range of the entire gallon isn't much, but people will probably take a mental aspect from it, and say, 'Well I could probably drive less, or drive more fuel-efficient."

Other drivers said they just want to be able to fill up their tank without putting their wallets on empty.

The proposed tax hike would be incremental. If approved, the tax would increase 6 cents next year and 6 cents more the year after that. Then it would be indexed to keep up with inflation. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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