Davis: Infrastructure funding at top of agenda
U.S. Rep Rodney Davis says his top legislative priority in the new Congress will be developing a new way to finance infrastructure improvements.
Davis, R-Taylorville, who won election to a second term earlier this month, will be sworn in on Jan. 6 and almost immediately will begin work on rebuilding the federal highway trust fund that finances road and bridge projects and mass transit. Davis serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
But unlike Ray LaHood, the former transportation secretary and Republican congressman from Peoria who was featured on a "60 Minutes" segment Sunday night, Davis said he does not support increasing the federal gas tax to pay for transportation improvements.
"Ray ... he feels that the best way to put forth dollars for infrastructure is through just raising the gas tax," Davis said Monday. "The problem is that a lot of things have changed since 1993 (when the gas tax was last increased) and frankly, since 2008, when Secretary LaHood went to work for the federal Department of Transportation."
He cited fuel standards, new technologies and electric- and natural gas-powered vehicles that have reduced gas tax revenue.
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