This kind of news makes me sick at my stomach:
Federal gasoline taxes should be increased up to 40 cents per gallon over five years, a divided special commission urged Tuesday in calling for drastic changes to fix aging bridges and roads and reduce traffic deaths.
The two-year study by the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission is the first to propose broad changes after the devastating bridge collapse in Minneapolis last August shone a spotlight on the deteriorating state of the nation’s infrastructure. Calling for immediate action, the congressionally created panel warned that “applying patches” is no longer acceptable. It said the nation risks tens of thousands of highway casualties each year and millions of dollars lost in economic growth.
“The crisis is now,” the report said.
Is it just me, or is our government’s first answer to every problem to tax, tax, tax?