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Proposal to Increase Federal Gas Tax Cause for Debate

MIAMI TOWNSHIP -- With gas prices climbing due to unrest in the Middle East, some federal lawmakers want you to pay more taxes to fill up your car.

They made a proposal to raise the federal gas tax for the first time in more than 20 years.

Construction is happening all over the Miami Valley, but now federal lawmakers want more of your money to raise the federal gas tax to help fix our nation's roads.

"I think that they've got enough of our money as it is.  Gas prices are near $4 and it's just ridiculous that they're wanting to add more to it," said Lena Friend.

"Nobody wants to see higher taxes, no one.  I don't want to see higher taxes and I don't think most people do, however, people want to drive on roadways that are in good condition and roadways that are safe," said Cindy Antrican, AAA Public Affairs.

AAA is one of several groups backing the proposal for a 12-cents-per-gallon hike, but their support is conditional.

"Those funds must be used for what they're intended for, which is to improve the condition of the roadways and improve the safety," said Antrican.

The issue is the money in the Federal Highway Trust Fund that helps support construction projects across the country is dwindling.  And in fact, it could run out by the end of summer.  This would leave several Montgomery County projects without billions in federal funding.

If you don't like paying 18-cents-per-gallon in taxes, how would you feel about paying 30?

"I do a service business so what am I supposed to do? Add a surcharge on every bill I do? You know my customers think I'm gouging them,"' said George Hicks.

If approved, the 12-cents would be added in two increments over two years.

 
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