Senate Republicans are asking Democrats to raise the gas tax that affects the poor rather than raise taxes on corporations.
Both Sens. Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski suggested taxing the poor to pay for the infrastructure:
Romney also raised the gas tax as an alternative to corporate taxes. A fun situation where Rs either ask Ds to raise the gas tax for bipartisanship or promise to destroy it completely in the medium term just to even think about increasing the gas tax. Https://t.co/Lisf66p4pM
– Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) April 13, 2021
The gas tax is a regressive tax because people on lower incomes spend a higher percentage of their income on gasoline to commute to work than wealthy people. Republicans are trying to pass the cost of infrastructure on to the poor and working class.
If the Democrats did what the Republicans asked and increased the gas tax, the Republicans would turn around and use the increased gas tax against them in the 2022 midterm elections. Senate Republicans' urge to tax the poor to pay for the infrastructure that benefits American corporations more than anyone is a reminder that Republicans will always put corporations before regular Americans.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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