For some states, the gas tax increase has been long delayed. Some states have postponed this increase for several years due to the political challenges, Carl Davis, a research director at the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy, told Business Insider. Davis is an expert in transportation infrastructure funding.
“Lawmakers don’t want to take a vote to raise the price of gas, but at the same time, drivers don’t want to drive over an unsafe bridge or hit a pothole or be stuck in a traffic congestion,” Davis said. “There are inevitable tradeoffs here, and navigating these tradeoffs can be tricky.”