Conservatives Among Those Pushing Gas-Tax Hikes in Their Communities

The Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition is focused on sharing facts about the importance of infrastructure and a better transportation network to the business and labor communities, but its goals also include outlining their significance to the public and our nation as a whole.

For instance, there is mounting evidence that a majority of Americans support infrastructure and transportation investment. Additionally, there are regional lawmakers creating sustainable revenue streams (for fixes and improvements) because they are aware of the United States’ declining state of infrastructure.

In 2015, Idaho passed a phased-in gas tax. Six-term State Sen. Bert Brackett (R) was among those who voted for the legislation. ATM caught up with Brackett during a visit to Washington, D.C., after a workshop for local and state transportation advocates during which he made a presentation. The gathering was organized by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and its Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC).

Recent data put out by TRIP, a national transportation research group, reveals that 14 percent of Idaho’s rural roads are in poor condition and 10 percent of its bridges are structurally deficient.

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