Hershey, Pa. — A gas tax increase ain’t happening. No way, no how.
That was the message from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to reporters on Thursday at the congressional Republican retreat in this small Pennsylvania town.
“No,” he said. “I don’t see us passing — we won’t pass a gas tax increase.”
The unequivocal remarks by Ryan, who chairs the tax-writing Ways & Means Committee, quash hopes for the deeply tax-averse House to pass a gasoline tax increase as a mechanism to pay for a long-term highway funding bill.
The idea has enjoyed growing support lately with gas prices at historic lows, including from some Republicans like Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker.