Highway subcommittee chair talks highway usage tax, infrastructure
Petri is chairman of the Highways and Transit subcommittee to the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and addressed a meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Wednesday. Like outgoing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s speech to AASHTO, Petri said investments in infrastructure are needed to make the U.S. the most efficient and most competitive country in the world.
Part of that will include a March 14 hearing of his subcommittee to determine progress on things like the National Freight Network and other provisions included in the MAP-21 highway bill signed last summer.
The other part of that will include future funding to improve infrastructure and make transportation more efficient, and, moving forward, a fuel tax is not going to be the right approach, as it has been the last century.