Editorial

Congressional cowardice

Friday, October 16, 2015

The U.S. Congress recently supplemented the nation's meager highway funds through the sale of 101 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. One-time funding sources for the Department of Transportation have been tapped in the past and are being considered for the future.

The 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax hasn't been increased since the early 1990s. That rate has generated declining purchasing power due to inflation. A significant fuel tax hike is needed to maintain roads and bridges, some of which have reached a dangerous level of deterioration.

The concept of having drivers pay for the roads and bridges they use is easily understood and fair, but the U.S. Congress is run by cowards.