For far too long, America’s infrastructure has been neglected, putting motorists and their families in danger on our nation’s roadways. Crumbling bridges, traffic congestion, and frequent road construction demonstrate the urgent need to repair and improve America’s infrastructure. I am encouraged that rebuilding our infrastructure is now a national priority, but have significant concerns about the proposal to raise the federal gas tax to fund this effort.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have endorsed a proposal to raise the federal gas tax by as much as 25 cents a gallon. Any hike in the federal gas tax would be extremely damaging to Orange County, and I will firmly oppose any efforts to raise it. Orange County voters elected me to ease their crushing tax burden, not increase it.

Our nation’s infrastructure is a main driver of our economy. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, $11.6 billion worth of goods are shipped over our roadways each year. Thanks to recent federal tax reform legislation, many companies throughout America are growing and producing more goods, increasing the need for safe and reliable transportation infrastructure. While this dynamic economic growth is producing record high federal tax receipts, we must ensure that taxpayer funds are spent responsibly. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Waste is rampant throughout government and infrastructure projects are often riddled with cost overruns due to overregulation and inefficient permitting processes.

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By Mimi Walters