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Koch Network Asks Trump Not to Raise Gas Tax for Roads

  • Chamber of Commerce has proposed a 25-cent-per-gallon increase
  • Conservative groups say an increase would undermine tax cuts
Contractors work on an exit ramp during highway construction between U.S. Route 23 and U.S. Route 52 near Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S., on July 26, 2017. The U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to release construction spending figures on August 1.
Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg
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The influential Koch political network is urging President Donald Trump to reject a proposal made by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to increase the federal gas tax to help modernize American roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Last week, the chamber called on Congress and the Trump administration to raise federal fuel taxes by 25 cents a gallon, pass initiatives including a new federal loan guarantee program, streamline the permit process and take steps to ensure that there are enough trained workers.