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Akash Chougule, Americans for Prosperity: Gas Tax Hikes Pump Up Taxpayers’ Burden

October 5, 2017

Lawmakers in California and other states are pumping up the price of gas with new taxes, but Americans for Prosperity director of policy Akash Chougule says there's a better way for voters and motorists.

In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with Americans for Prosperity director of policy Akash Chougule about a voter initiative revving up California, calling for repeal of a big gas-tax hike.

In April, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) approved a 43 percent hike in the state’s excise on gasoline, citing the need for more spending on government road constructions. Taxpayers are now pushing back, collecting signatures to undo the gas tax hike.

Government misallocation and misuse of existing revenue is driving states’ budget crunches, Chougule says, and many states would be able to fund more road construction if they spent road money on the roads.

Hathaway and Chougule talk about how California and other states should fund road construction without pumping taxpayers for ever-increasing amounts of money. Reform at both the state and federal level is the answer to government’s budget crunch, he says, not tax hikes and spending sprees.

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Jesse Hathaway is the managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute. @JesseinOH