Analysis Shows Little Political Fallout for Raised Gas Taxes

- reports that a study by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC) has found that 91% of lawmakers who supported increases to their state gas tax between 2013 and 2015 won their next general re-election bids.

The numbers show that 95% of Republican legislators and 89% of Democratic legislators who supported gas-tax hikes and were up for reelection won their contests. 2016 Primary statistics in the eight states that passed gas tax increases in 2015 also revealed a favorable election rate for lawmakers who supported the increase.

“The voters in these states understand that lawmakers are showing political will to increase resources for transportation investment,” said ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black. “It is now up to Congress and the Trump administration to address the stability of the Highway Trust Fund, which provides revenue for over half of all state highway program capital outlays.”

The report comes as four state legislatures – Tennessee, Montana, California, and Indiana – have voted this month to increase their state gas tax in order to fund transportation and infrastructure improvements.  

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