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Who Will Pay for the Roads? The Future of Transportation Taxes

Some post-COVID projections show the highway trust fund running out as early as 2021. Meanwhile, most state gas taxA gas tax is commonly used to describe the variety of taxes levied on gasoline at both the federal and state levels, to provide funds for highway repair and maintenance, as well as for other government infrastructure projects. These taxes are levied in a few ways, including per-gallon excise taxes, excise taxes imposed on wholesalers, and general sales taxes that apply to the purchase of gasoline. es are losing value every year due to inflationInflation is when the general price of goods and services increases across the economy, reducing the purchasing power of a currency and the value of certain assets. The same paycheck covers less goods, services, and bills. It is sometimes referred to as a “hidden tax,” as it leaves taxpayers less well-off due to higher costs and “bracket creep,” while increasing the government’s spending power. . What can the U.S. do to raise the revenue needed for infrastructure upkeep and accurately internalize the costs associated with road usage?

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