The late Illinois Republican congressman and 1980 National Unity Party candidate for president, John Anderson, has passed away at age 95. He was ahead of his time.
In 1980, he called for a gasoline tax up to 50 cents per gallon to pay for highway and transit infrastructure projects. Imagine how the National Highway Trust Fund and its Mass Transit Account could have benefited by raising this tax only pennies per gallon in 1980?
Over the past 37 years, it would have raised billions annually. Why not honor the late John Anderson and use his idea to help fund President Donald Trump's proposed $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan for both highways and public transit projects and programs today?
The national gasoline tax used to support the Highway Trust fund was last raised to 18.4 cents in 1993. With gasoline at very reasonable prices, isn’t this a good time to raise both the federal and state gas tax by just pennies per gallon?
Americans — be they city, suburban or rural residents, Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative — benefit by good roads, bridges, and public transportation.
With continuing gridlock and partisan bickering in Washington, increasing funding for the Highway Trust Fund could be a key issue that the president and both Democrat and Republican members of Congress can agree on.