As the country once again faces a deadline with respect to authorization for federal surface transportation funding of September 30th, some interests are advocating that the authority to collect the 18.4 cent per gallon federal fuel tax (and other fees that are deposited in the Highway Trust Fund) be allowed to expire. An expiration of this authority will cost the country’s transportation system about $100 million per day. Clearly any failure to extend SAFETE-LU will be disastrous for Minnesota.
Fortunately, Grover Norquist announced today that he does not view an extension of the existing gas tax as a tax increase or breaking the anti-tax pledge. See story here
We hope the issue of extending the current federal gas tax will not be controversial. This editorial from the New York Times sums up the situation well: