By Keith Laing, September 25, 2013
The chairwoman of the Senate committee that oversees infrastructure
projects said on Wednesday that the federal government should replace
its 18.4 cents per gallon tax on gasoline purchases with a fee that is
paid by oil wholesalers.
Getting rid of the federal gas tax in
lieu of a wholesale oil tax increase would help close an approximately
$20 billion shortfall in transportation spending Congress is looking to
solve, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said.
"There are many ideas
out there, and the one that I'm leaning toward myself, although this is
going to be a decision of the [Senate] Finance Committee ... is to do
away with the per-gallon fee at the pump and replace it with this sales
fee as they've done in Virginia and Maryland," Boxer said during a
hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
would fund the highway program for six years ... I think, and it would
do that by doing away with all the other fees," Boxer continued. "It's a
very exciting idea.