NMA Driving News Roundup of the Week for October 27, 2017

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–Will a Gas Tax hike be considered—
–Green Groups push automakers on CAFÉ Standards—
–Chao says Tax Reform first, then Infrastructure—
–Automakers fight for NAFTA—
–CO Court denies public vote on RLCs—

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NMA Driving News Stories of the Week

Gasoline Tax Hasn’t Been Hiked Since 1993: Why That May Change
President Trump’s chief economic advisor has raised the possibility of increasing the federal gasoline tax in 2018 to help pay for the administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., said. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn brought up the fuel tax as a way to help fund promised upgrades to U.S. roads, bridges and other public works during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers dubbed the Problem Solvers Caucus on Wednesday, said Reed, who is co-chairman of the caucus.

Ford, VW pressured by green groups to defend CAFE standards
A coalition of environmental groups on Wednesday launched a campaign to persuade automakers — Ford and VW in particular — to live by their commitments for meeting emissions and fuel economy targets for the next decade. It accused the industry of colluding with the Trump administration to loosen the clean-car standards. The coalition initially plans to pressure Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen Group of America to publicly support the fuel efficiency program, one of President Barack Obama’s key initiatives for curbing greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

Tax Reform First, Then Infrastructure, Chao Says
The Trump administration’s multiyear infrastructure funding proposal to modernize freight corridors and commuter networks will be unveiled after Congress reforms the tax code, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Oct. 23 at American Trucking Associations’ annual conference. “Originally we anticipated the administration’s infrastructure proposal by late fall 2017, but the Affordable Health Care Act was delayed” and lawmakers are toiling with a tax overhaul, Chao told executives at the Management Conference & Exhibition, adding, “Infrastructure will not be taken up until tax reform has been completed.”

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The NMA Driving News Roundup is a regular feature on the NMA Blog, where we highlight some of the most interesting driving news stories of the week. If you have a story for Driving News, send the url via email to nma@motorists.org. Every other Sunday, catch the Car of the Future Roundup blog post.

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