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Federal Law Makers Propose Gas Tax Hike
DAYTON -- Millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs at risk.
Some federal lawmakers want you to pay more for gas.
Everyone has been feeling the pain at the pump, with gas prices well over 3-bucks a gallon.
"I think it's ridiculous because you have to stand at the pump and decide am I going to eat, or ride?" said LaVonya Rocker.
The decision is hard on everyone, but now there's a crisis in federal funding and it could fall back on you.
"The trust fund is actually running out of money," said Paul Gruner, Montgomery County Engineer.
The federal highway trust fund pays for projects like this one, the Ridge Avenue bridge.
And will soon help fund the replacement of the Third Street bridge, but not if the fund goes dry.
"Then we might have to close some bridges eventually," said Gruner.
Some federal lawmakers want you to pay more for a federal gas tax, but many say, prices are already too high.
"Even in a car that gets 35 miles a gallon, I spend 25 dollars a day so it adds up," said Scott Seeberg.
For every gallon of gas you pump into your car, you pay 18-cents to the federal government, but if the hike is approved, you'll pay 12-cents more.
"In '93 the 18-cents was fine to keep the trust fund solvent, but as the years have gone on, inflation eats into it and its now not able to keep the trust fund solvent," said Gruner.
If the hike isn't passed, Montgomery County stands to lose 48-million dollars in federal funding, money they say, is critical.
"Jobs could actually stop if they don't get the trust fund fixed," said Gruner.
A fix, that some say should have been written into last gas tax hike 20 years ago.
"If it had been a percentage in 1993 it would actually be about 45-cents today probably and we wouldn't be having this conversation," said Gruner.
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