DALLAS — After struggling to develop alternatives to fuel-tax financing of highways, officials from states with the biggest transportation problems warily eyed a proposal to jack up the national gas tax to cover the growing funding gap.

“Raising taxes is a surefire way to stifle growth, and limiting states’ freedom to innovate will only make it worse,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrote in a response to the proposal from the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission. “The federal commission further shows a weak grasp of economic theory by encouraging states to not only accept their proposed massive federal tax increases, but to follow suit and simultaneously raise our own gas taxes at an even higher rate.”

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