More infrastructure funds are needed

In 1993 the average cost regular gas in the U.S. was $1.93. Today it’s $2.36.

The federal gas tax was $.184. Today it’s unchanged.

The infrastructure construction cost index was .50. In 2019 it’s 1.09.

In 1993 there were roughly 125.8 million autos in the U.S. In 2019 there are roughly 113 million. The average mileage driven per auto has remained about the same.

President Donald Trump may want to increase the gas tax from $.25 to $.434.

If the gas tax had been indexed to the infrastructure construction cost index it would today be $.401, but in the past 26 years it would have been much higher than $.184.

Our infrastructure could have been kept in top-notch repair and expanded as needed. The need for large amounts of extra funds would not be dire.

Instead our penny-wise, pound-foolish state and federal governments, have sorely neglected this most important “socialistic” responsibility. The cost of repair now is far higher and the need more dire.

I hate to say this, but I agree with Trump: the money is badly needed. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do, and the longer we wait, the more it will cost.

Bill Lockhart

Tuscumbia

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(3) comments

David Rau

Trump says he wants to fix our crumbling roads and bridges but has no idea how to pay the estimated 1 trillion dollar cost. He gave a big tax cut to the rich and corporations and says he wants to even give them another cut..He wants 40 billion for a useless 2000 mile wall that can't be guarded. He wants billions for a space force to battle the scary aliens and an estimated 100 billion to go back to the moon for more rocks. I'm all for going to mars one day if a proper technology can be developed that can insure that the trip won;t be a suicide mission. Going back to the moon does nothing to help us get to mars..And on top of that our federal debt is now increasing 1 trillion a year under trumps failed leadership..Saying that one is in favor of improved infrastracture is easy paying for it is the hard part...Sincerely David Rau

Jacob Pasley

The average cost of a gallon of gas in 1993 was around $1.15, I paid as low as 78 cent/gallon at Fort Gordon in 1994. Not sure where you are getting your data, but I can't believe any of it now.

W Lockhart

The numbers are national averages, not specific state averages.

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