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Buttigieg Wavers on Age-Old Transportation Funding Conundrum

Jan. 21, 2021, 10:07 PM

Pete Buttigieg, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Transportation Department, signaled a willingness to confront the politically risky task of raising the gas tax to pay for infrastructure Thursday, only to walk the comments back hours later.

The Biden team has proposed investing in infrastructure to restart the economy after the pandemic, but hasn’t identified a way to pay for it. The gas tax — the primary federal funding mechanism for highways and transit — hasn’t been increased in 28 years.

“All options need to be on the table,” Buttigieg said at his confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate...

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