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Connecticut Senator Urges First Gas Tax Hike In 20 Years

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy proposed a hike in the gas tax to help fund the Highway Trust Fund.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy proposed a hike in the gas tax to help fund the Highway Trust Fund. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) has proposed the first increase in the federal gas tax since 1993, according to thehill.com.

The bipartisan bill proposed by Murphy and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Wednesday would increase the gas tax 12 cents over the next two years to help cover the shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund, thehill.com reported.

“We’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars in economic productivity because we’re failing to invest in our nation’s roadway and rails,” Murphy told thehill.com. “You’re not going to find, virtually, any member of Congress who is proposing to spend less money on infrastructure over the next 10 years.”

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