Apparently the chance of raising the federal gas tax is not dead. Or perhaps it’s rising from the dead—again.
Backed by a group of politicians that are being called the “Gang of Six” there is hope that a debt-reduction plan could be put up to a vote in Congress soon. The proposal calls for a 15-cent increase in the federal gas tax, but the Gang of Six is working hard not to get a single word out about it—yet.
“We’ve tried to keep it quiet until we get a deal,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the co-leader of the gang, told constituents on April 21.
According to a Bloomberg News report, Janet Kavinoky, director of transportation and infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, also believes a deficit-reduction strategy is still on the table, but also says she would be surprised if anyone on Capitol Hill would endorse a gas-tax hike.