“All of these governors are getting creative,” says Marcia Hale, president of Building America’s Future, a group that supports more spending on infrastructure. “They think, at the moment, that (the gas tax) is a political non-starter and they need to find ways to do things.”
February 1, 2013
In the search for more transportation money, governors and state lawmakers are largely avoiding one of the most obvious and straightforward funding sources: state gasoline taxes.
Voters hate the per-gallon charges, even when they are rolled into the price at the pump. As Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley said recently, “If you ever put the word ‘tax’ in front of the word ‘gas,’ you’re sure to get a whole collection of boos, hisses, throwing chairs and tables.”…