Coalition Letter: No Gas Hike

February 12, 2018

 

Dear Representative:

On behalf of our organizations and the millions of Americans we represent across all 50 states, we write to express our opposition to raising the federal gas tax. Federal policy should concentrate first on the many impediments to a more efficient, effective, and user-accountable transportation network.

Raising the gas tax is a bad idea. It will make the burden of government on families and businesses heavier. A higher gas tax means higher prices not just on gas, but on goods and services throughout the economy. These costs would inevitably be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices, resulting in a regressive tax hike on those who can least afford it.

We applaud the landmark tax reform bill recently approved by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. Millions of families and small businesses will benefit from these pro-growth tax cuts after years of slow economic growth and stagnant wages. Undermining the impact of this long overdue and badly needed tax relief by raising the federal gas tax would be counterproductive and misguided – hitting less affluent Americans and those living on fixed incomes the hardest.

Rather than seeking to increase prices at the pump in the form of a tax hike, lawmakers should first reform the way existing transportation dollars are spent.

Too often, highway funds are diverted to non-highway projects, a problem that worsens with each passing year. This non-highway spending shortchanges motorists, and undermines the user- pays principle.

In addition, labor mandates and byzantine planning and analysis requirements can needlessly delay the completion of transportation projects and contribute to increased costs. Modernizing these burdensome planning requirements and sweeping away cost-boosting labor restrictions would stretch existing dollars further.

Before asking Americans to pay more for a tank of gas, Congress should pursue common-sense reforms that properly prioritize federal transportation infrastructure needs, reduce costly and time-consuming bureaucratic hurdles, and ensure that tax dollars are spent on roads and bridges, not frittered away on unrelated pet projects, red tape and paperwork.

 

Sincerely,

 

Brent Wm. Gardner

Chief Government Affairs Officer

Americans for Prosperity

 

Michael A. Needham

CEO

Heritage Action for America

 

Grover Norquist

President

Americans for Tax Reform

 

David McIntosh

President

Club for Growth

 

Nathan Nascimento

Executive Vice President

Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce

 

Mark Scribner

Senior Fellow

Competitive Enterprise Institute

 

Jason Pye

Vice President of Legislative Affairs

FreedomWorks

 

Tom Schatz

President

Citizens Against Government Waste

 

Pete Sepp

President

National Taxpayers Union

 

Phil Kerpen

President

American Commitment

 

Mario H. Lopez

President

Hispanic Leadership Fund

 

Daniel Garza

President

The Libre Initiative

 

Carrie L. Lukas

President

Independent Women’s Forum

 

Heather R. Higgins

President and CEO

Independent Women’s Voice

 

Harry C. Alford

President and CEO

National Black Chamber of Commerce

 

Jeffrey Mazella

President

Center for Individual Freedom

 

Donald Bryson

President

Civitas Action

 

David Barnes

Policy Director

Generation Opportunity

 

Norm Singleton

President

Campaign for Liberty

 

Judson Phillips

Founder

Tea Party Nation

 

Seton Motley

President

Less Government

 

Kim Crockett, Esq.

Vice President, Senior Fellow and General Counsel

Center of the American Experiment

 

Tom Brinkman, Jr.

Chairman

Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST)

 

Matthew Kandrach

President

Consumer Action for a Strong Economy (CASE)

 

Katie McAulliffe

Executive Director

Digital Liberty

 

Brett Healy

President

John K. MacIver Institute

 

Sean Noble

President

American Encore

 

Annette Meeks

CEO

Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

 

Andrew F. Quinlan

President

Center for Freedom and Prosperity 

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