As a longtime vocal advocate of smaller government, I am hesitant to ever ask for a tax increase of any kind. However, now is the time for Congress to take unpopular but needed action to raise the gas tax—and not just a little. I'm talking 25¢ or even 50¢ per gallon. There are three reasons why this is clearly the right thing to do.
First, there is no denying the rough condition of many roads. Whether you have seen studies by the American Society of Civil Engineers or simply driven down decaying roads and highways in your state, many roads are in critical need of repair. Do we really need another bridge collapse or deadly failure to remind us?