Possibility of federal gas-tax increase still on the table

Group of politicians, called the “Gang of Six,” staying tight-lipped about deal, but confident measure is still alive

News Bloomberg News April 29, 2011
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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.

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