Robert Freeman, a Government Relations Principal in the firm’s Public Strategies Group, spoke to Law360’s Linda Chiem about the reality of a federal gas tax hike being used as an alternative way to pay for President Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan. “Certainly, the position that some have taken is it doesn’t make sense to raise the gas tax right after a major tax cut,” Rob told Law360. “It does mean something overall that you have members of both sides openly talking about raising the gas tax [and] it’s a much more open discussion than we’ve seen in recent years.” Freeman said any movement on the gas tax would need a full-throated backing from the White House. “You’ll have to turn to statements from Chairman Shuster and ranking member DeFazio saying we’re happy to consider this proposal and look at how to advance new investment in infrastructure," he said, referring to Reps. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, "but Mr. President, you need to lead on this.”
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