A bipartisan effort to find new
revenue to fund roads, bridges, and mass transit may hit recreational boating
hard. Historically, transportation has
been a bipartisan effort in Congress. So
far 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats in the House support a plan that would fund
loans for infrastructure improvements from bonds that would be sold to
companies who want tax break if cash
earned abroad is brought back to the USA.
10 to 20 cent per-gallon increase in the federal gas tax is also on the table,
but many think it would be a short-term fix to the needs of infrastructure. With a federal mandate in place to increase
average mileage to 54.5 a gallon by 2025, many believe a higher gas tax is
needed. Other possibilities include
moving to a system that charges drivers a fee for every mile they travel.
happens in Congress MRAA thinks boaters may be paying more at the pump when the
transportation bill passes Congress.
MRAA opposes tax increases on gasoline or other revenue avenues that
impact the ability of Americans to enjoy fishing and boating.