Fuel taxes in the United States

October 22, 2013 - 8:15am
Aviation fuel taxes imposed on general aviation raise $622 million annually, according to the FAA. General aviation lobby groups believe that the aviation fuel tax is the fairest and most efficient way to collect GA’s contribution to air traffic control system costs.

The debate rages on.

Should general aviation pay more toward the cost of the nation’s air traffic control system, especially if it would hasten the implementation of the NextGen air traffic control (ATC) system and depoliticize FAA funding? If so, is the current system of fuel and excise taxes the best way to do it?

May 29, 2012 - 4:25pm

A provision inserted into a 2005 highway bill that has given business and general aviation fuel purveyors a collective headache ever since it was enacted might be repealed in the next highway reauthorization bill. Thirty-two members of the House of Representatives signed a letter to Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, asking that the provision be deleted from new highway legislation now under consideration.

April 30, 2011 - 6:20am

As Congress prepared to adjourn for recess just before Easter, the House and Senate were gearing up for a joint conference committee to begin resolving the differences between two versions of a long-term FAA reauthorization bill. The two bills vary significantly, raising some uncertainties about reaching a compromise.

April 30, 2010 - 7:31am

When the Senate passed an FAA reauthorization bill in late March, the general aviation community breathed a little easier. Like the companion legislation already passed in the House, it did not contain any user fees for GA.

May 27, 2009 - 5:04am

Even though the nation’s airlines are playing nice with general aviation over the contentious question of user fees, the Obama Administration has clearly signaled that it wants to fund the FAA with more user fees in Fiscal Year 2011.

January 29, 2009 - 4:14am

When 91-year-old Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) relinquished his chairmanship of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee late last year, the domino effect thrust Sen. John Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) into the chairmanship of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

September 30, 2008 - 7:53am

As the presidential election enters the home stretch, still looming is the thorny question of reauthorizing FAA funding for the next four years and the even thornier question of user fees.

May 29, 2008 - 10:59am

The Senate bill to reauthorize and fund the FAA for the next four years was once again stalled on the tarmac last month because of procedural infighting between Republicans and Democrats.

April 29, 2008 - 10:07am

Prodded by perceived FAA failings and the threat of summer air travel delays, the Senate Transportation and Finance Committees reached agreement late last week on how to fund the FAA for the next four years. If the bill is approved by the full Senate today, it is expected to keep avgas taxes at the current rate of 19.3 cents per gallon but increase jet fuel taxes to 36 cents per gallon, up from 21.8 cents.

March 31, 2008 - 6:38am

With movement toward a long-term FAA reauthorization bill at a standstill, entities as diverse as the Portland Cement Association, the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined with aviation interests last month in urging the Senate into action.

 
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