Have no fear: Raise the federal gas tax

In 1919, Oregon became the first state to tax motor fuels, “for the repair of the damage done to said highways by such vehicles, machines and engines traveling thereon.” For reference, the mass-market Ford Model T was produced in 1908. Just over a decade later, every state had its own motor fuels tax.

Since 1993, the gas tax has been stuck at 18.4 cents per gallon. With construction costs up due to inflation and the increasing predominance of fuel-efficient vehicles, there is great need for Congress to raise the gas tax to repair and maintain our nation’s roads.