Accuracy in Media

Two organizations affiliated with the Koch political advocacy network, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity, published a report on the negative effects of a proposed federal gas tax hike that has been pushed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Media coverage of the gas tax has varied, ranging from CNBC reports pointing out the proposal’s additional tax burden on American households to mainstream media outlets pivoting to the talking point on the need for infrastructure spending.

The joint report pointed out the following key points:

  • The gas tax would rise to 43.4 cents per gallon with a 25-cent increase
  • 6 percent of Highway Trust fund dollars go to road and bridge projects
  • The proposal affects some states more than others, but overall, all states face an additional tax burden ranging from an additional $103 to $380 per year.

Retiring Rep. Bill Shuster (R.-Pa.) has promoted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s proposed 25-cent tax hike as a way to rebuild America’s infrastructure (i.e. roads and bridges). He also said that 100 percent of the federal gas tax would go to the intended projects, which is hard to back up considering some states raid their transportation and infrastructure funds to plug budget gaps in state funds, as this report detailed.

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