Increasing the motor fuels tax is the most straightforward and effective way to raise money for the Highway Trust Fund the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce told Congress.
Testifying at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing Feb. 12, U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue said cutting transportation projects or using other government revenues to fix infrastructure funding shortfalls would not be the best long-term solution, according to published reports.
"The simplest, most straightforward and most effective way to generate enough revenue is by increasing the federal gasoline and diesel taxes," he said.
The U.S. Chamber supports a 15-cent increase phased in over three years.
Donohue's testimony comes less than two weeks after House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) surprised the transportation community by saying that raising the motor fuels tax was no longer on the table for increasing infrastructure revenues.
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