News

LaHood: Raise the Gas Tax!

LaHood: Raise the Gas Tax!

One of downstate Illinois’ favorite sons is urging the road-building community to urge its lawmakers to increase the gas tax and pass a big transportation bill.

“We need to raise the gas tax – and index it” to inflation, said Ray LaHood, a former Republican Congressman and former U. S. transportation secretary. He said the interstate system and every other major project gets its juice from a tax on gasoline.

“We need to get back to a Congress that passes a six-year bill,” said LaHood. A two-year bill, such as that recently put into place, does not do as much for jobs and the economy, never mind transportation infrastructure. “America is one big pothole right now. I don’t have to tell anybody in Illinois that.”

LaHood told transportation interests in Springfield the long-term bill, two of which he saw pass as a member of Congress representing Peoria, Springfield, and Jacksonville over much of the past two decades, provides certainty that the shorter-term bill does not.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment, Weird

New Jersey Christmas tree controlled by tweets

treetweet

Twitter users anywhere in the world can control the lights on this holiday display.

in Music

Alice Cooper hosts star-studded Christmas show

alicecooper

Rocker served up a real Christmas treat to fans at his annual festive benefit last week

in Entertainment

Leaked Sony emails reveal Idris Elba in line for ‘Bond’

idriselba

A leaked Sony email named British actor Idris Elba as the frontrunner to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond.