More drivers willing to increase taxes for bad roads

We all cringe at the wheel when we run over them, and we know all too well the damage potholes can cause to our vehicles. Road crews throughout Sacramento County repair thousands of them every year.

It appears that drivers are so frustrated by bad roads, they are willing to help pay for them even if it means raising taxes. The majority of those surveyed recently by AAA said they would be more likely to vote for a member of Congress who supports increased federal spending on transportation.

If you think about it, if you drive along a bad road on a regular basis, you are already taxed for it in a way. The average motorist spends $324 every year for vehicle repairs related to bad roads, including repairing flat tires.

The AAA study found that one in five Americans would support paying up to $4.99 extra per month in taxes if it meant fixing damaged roads.

The federal Highway Trust Fund is currently supported by an 18.4 cents per gallon tax on gasoline and a 24.4 per gallon tax on diesel. Congress has not raised it since 1993.

That trust fund, which is used to make road repairs, is running short, and now lawmakers are being pressured to take action before they recess for the summer to keep it solvent.

The head of AAA said "Americans are fed up" with the state of the nation's roads and added that "political inaction" has prevented repairs from being made.


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