Possible gas tax increase

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is considering many options for funding his infrastructure proposals, including the first fuel tax increase in more than 20 years.

Gas taxes were originally set up to fund our road system, but they have stayed around 18 cents a gallon since 1993, an amount that no longer foots the bill for roads and bridges.

A 25 cent increase in the price of gas could cause motorists to pinch some pennies at the pump in the coming months.

"That's quite the increase, I'm not really comfortable with that much. Our gas prices are already pretty high at the moment," said Derek O'Brien

"Well, nobody likes to see gasses go up, but we gotta pay for the roads somehow. Unless they can figure out another way," said David Getz.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., says we need to pass the infrastructure package to rebuild our nation's critical infrastructure, but there isn't enough support in Congress currently to raise the gas tax.

"I suppose with that thought process in mind, if in fact that is where it goes, I wouldn't be entirely against it. Because the infrastructure has needed a lot of tender love and care right now, and it hasn't gotten any in a while," said O'Brien

The current federal gas tax is 18.4 cents a gallon, and diesel is taxed at 24.4 cents a gallon.

Other funding options that appear in the president's infrastructure plan include allowing more interstates to be turned into toll roads, or charging fees at rest stops.