Gas tax hikes pile up: States become desperate for road repair revenue as COVID-19 reduces driving

USA Today Nathan Bomey

September 23, 2020

Americans who want to stay socially distant during the COVID-19 pandemic now have another reason to think twice before going out for gas. Several states have increased gas taxes in recent months to make up for sudden shortfalls in revenue devoted to road repairs. As Americans drive less during the pandemic due partly to social distancing and remote work arrangements, gasoline demand has fallen. That's one key factor triggering the tax increases as lawmakers seek to limit the impact of lower revenue on road repair budgets. Supporters say the increases, most of which were triggered automatically due to existing laws, are necessary to keep transportation infrastructure in good shape.

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