By Jim Melwert
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (CBS) – Would you pay an extra dollar-fifty every time you fill up your car to help fund highway repairs? Today, AAA is endorsing a $0.12 per gallon hike in the federal gas tax.
AAA says a survey of adults shows a majority of people do favor a higher gas tax as long as it goes for highway improvement. “What we’ve seen from our most recent survey is that in fact two-thirds of Americans — 68 percent — believe that the federal government should be investing more than it does now on roads, bridges and mass transit,” says AAA director of federal relations Avery Ash.
“We pay about $8 per month in fuel taxes,” Ash says. “The average person is willing to pay about $5 more per person per month.”
There’s not a lot of support for the idea here in King of Prussia, “because Pennsylvania has already got higher gas prices than the surrounding states,” says one driver. “So, no, I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
This landscaper and contractor says with as much as he already spends on gas, an additional $0.12 per gallon would be crushing: “My gas last year was $21,000. You know, it’s pathetic. You’re killing us, guys.”