Anybody who’s driven on a road in America will know that the nations infrastructure needs some attention. Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) is hoping that President Trump makes infrastructure spending a priority in the new year, and that Congress can figure out a way to diversify how America funds it’s projects such as road construction.
Congressman Davis says the majority of roadworks projects are funded through the federal gas tax, however those funds are diminishing due to an increased number of fuel efficient vehicles on the roadways.
The nation has seen an increasing number of electric vehicles on it’s roads this decade, which poses a problem for infrastructure spending since those vehicle owners end up paying nothing into funds such as the Highway Trust Fund. Davis says this is one of the reasons the country needs to diversify the way it funds it’s infrastructure projects.
Davis warns that if a solution isn’t found for funding for the nations infrastructure, the nation’s projects will have to be funded through the general fund, taking away money from many other essential services such as schools and healthcare.
Davis appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.