WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Senate tax-writing committee on Thursday expressed positive sentiments about the possibility of raising the federal gasoline tax.
“I’m open to look at everything,” Hatch said in response to a reporter’s question about chatter in Congress over trying to raise the tax to fund highway repairs and other construction projects.
“I prefer not to increase taxes but to me that’s a user fee,” said Hatch, a Republican, adding: “People who use the highways ought to pay for them. And that’s a small price to pay to have the best highway system in the world.”
Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Eric Beech
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