An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register
WHEELING, W.Va. — No one in Congress wants to take the blame for higher gasoline taxes just weeks before a major election. That probably explains delays in addressing long-term problems with the Highway Trust Fund.
But unless something is done to provide an infusion of money for the fund, it will dry up within months. By August, payments to states for road construction and repair will have to be cut off.
West Virginia and Ohio transportation officials understand the challenge. Our highway departments receive much of their funding through state taxes on vehicle fuel. The federal fund relies entirely on it.
As we have noted previously, more fuel-efficient vehicles and inflation in general have opened gaps between fuel-tax funding and highway needs. That is why the federal fund will run out of money later this year…