The National Conference of State Legislatures is pushing for a temporary increase in the federal gasoline tax as part of its pitch to Congress on how the nation's highway funding program should be revamped. But states like Texas do not support a hike in the tax because they already get a disproportionately lower amount of funding from the program compared to the tax revenue they contribute.

The NCSL's policy on "surface transportation federalism," which was approved by at least 38 states and adopted in July, asks Congress to approve a short-term "increase in the federal gas tax ... until a new, more stable long-term funding mechanism for surface transportation can be put in place."

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