Report: Panel favors fuel tax over tolls at House hearing

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Representatives from three trucking organizations – Schneider National, FedEx Freight and Wal-Mart – reportedly favored increasing the fuel tax over higher tolls at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on Sept. 7.

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association says that when discussing the need for additional funds to raise revenue for highway infrastructure, the panelists preferred increasing the federal fuel tax over toll hikes. The panelists also expressed opposition to toll roads and told of the difficulties their companies had faced in adapting to an increasing number of toll roads, according to the association.

All three panelists supported increasing revenues through the gas tax — currently 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel — if the revenues were directed toward highway improvements, the association said.