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Obama wants to make interstate highways tollways on top of incredible gas taxes

Gas station sign in Chicago in April 2014 as gas prices continue to rise throughout the USA.
Gas station sign in Chicago in April 2014 as gas prices continue to rise throughout the USA.
Photo by Scott Paulson

President Barack Obama and his administration have said in the past week that tolls should be an option on the interstate highways across the United States. Fortunately, for American commuters, this idea has been met with grandeur bipartisan opposition in the United States Congress, according to an NBC News report on Friday. Basically, the opposition says that putting a toll on drivers across the nation would be totally unfair as they are already paying incredible amounts in other taxes – such as gas taxes – to use the nation’s thoroughfares.

In an effort to keep the nation’s highways without tolls, the House of Representatives’ lawmakers are trying to keep roads across the country funded. Yet, it is unclear why there is such a threat on the money that is supposed to be available for highway building and repair. At this point in time, 18.4 cents are taxed on every gallon of gas that is sold in the United States. That money goes to the Highway Trust Fund. That money is supposed to be used for repairs of the federal highways throughout the nation as well as construction of those highways.

There is a long-term ban on tolls at this time which applies to almost all of the nation’s interstate highways, according to Fox News. That ban is being threatened by President Barack Obama. The White House is threatening to lift the ban, giving states the flexibility to implement tolls to assist with repairs on the nation’s roads.

Like many other governmental departments and agencies in Washington, D.C., the Highway Trust Fund is in trouble, financially. The Highway Trust Fund, according to a Fox News report, will be depleted by the end of August of this year. It is said that the United States Congress has performed some short-term fixes to the financial crisis in the fund, but it has failed to come up with long-term fixes to the problem. Needless to say, tollways across the landscape of the country are not welcome at all, especially since Americans who travel are already financing road programs with incredible gas taxes which have assisted current gas prices to go back over $4.00 a gallon for regular gas in many areas of the country.