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Gas-Tax Hike Is in Play as Trump Weighs Infrastructure Politics

  • Doubling of fuel levies is not enough, internal document says
  • Trump, Democrats divided over how to finance roads, bridges
A Marathon Petroleum Corp. Gas Station Ahead Of Earnings Figures
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The Trump administration hasn’t ruled out increasing the gas tax to help finance a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, but the idea has little support among officials who are wary of a politically risky move heading into the 2020 election.

A near doubling of fuel levies wouldn’t be enough to cover the additional cost over a decade of the infrastructure package, according to an internal administration document viewed by Bloomberg. Officials intend to pressure Democrats to come up with funding mechanisms that don’t risk undermining growth, according to six pages of a document marked as a pre-decision draft, which was written by the Office of Management and Budget last week.