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Federal gas taxes could go up by 50 percent

January 6, 2009 by  

Gas taxes could be set to riseAs Americans change their driving habits, the federal government has seen a shortfall in the revenue collected from fuel taxes.

This has spurred a discussion about how to make up the shortfall and continue to maintain sufficient funds to repair and build roads, the Associated Press reports.

According to the news provider, the National Commission on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing is mulling an increase in gas and diesel fuel taxes by around 50 percent.

This measure would raise the gas tax by 10 cents per gallon and the diesel tax by between 12 and 15 cents per gallon.

The American Trucking Associations, which supports the tax, suggested that the government change the label given to the tax to give it a more positive spin.

"Instead of calling it a gas tax, call it a carbon tax," ATA chairman Charles Whittington told the AP.

At the state level, similar steps are being considered to make up lost fuel tax revenue. In Oregon, the governor has suggested taxing people on the number of miles they drive instead of increasing the gas tax.
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