U.S. Chamber: Raise the gas tax (emojis explain why)
How much momentum is a hike in the gas tax getting? Turns out, one of the most reliably anti-tax organizations is now advocating for raising the gas tax. And it's doing so with everyone's favorite form of textual explainers: emojis.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce posted a breakdown Monday of the issues plaguing the Highway Trust Fund, which is responsible for repairing and replacing roads, highways and bridges.
According to the post, "one third of our major roads are now in poor or mediocre condition, and one out of every nine bridges has been deemed structurally deficient." Insert sad and angry face emojis reacting to potholes and traffic jams.
The Chamber points out that the gas tax, currently at 18.4 cents-per-gallon, hasn't been raised since 1993. "A modest increase in the user fee would basically catch us up to how much we were paying per mile of road used back in 1993, when our infrastructure was in better shape."
Some transportation advocates and leaders in the area have floated the idea of raising the gas tax. It was briefly discussed as an option in the Go Hillsborough initiative before the group moved forward with a plan centered around a sales tax. Would a higher gas tax in Tampa Bay trigger a sad or happy emoji?