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Americans for Prosperity Press Release

AFP-AZ Releases Updated Report Highlighting Impact of Gas Tax on Arizonans

Apr 11, 2019 by AFP

PHOENIX, AZ – Americans for Prosperity-Arizona (AFP-AZ) today launched a new campaign advocating solutions for improving America’s infrastructure without imposing new burdens on consumers through a 25-cent per gallon gas tax hike, which would impact virtually every aspect of the economy.

In the first phase of this campaign, AFP is releasing an updated state-by-state analysis of the real-life consequences that such a tax increase would have on people across the country.

View State-by-State Analysis of a 25-Cent Per Gallon Federal Gas Tax Increase

The report finds that Arizona households would see an additional on-average $278 per year tax burden increase with the implementation of a 25-cent per gallon federal gas tax increase.

AFP-AZ State Director Stephen Shadegg issued the following statement:

“Arizona’s lawmakers wisely rejected raising the gas tax on our state’s families back in February. Our federal lawmakers should follow suit by rejecting any attempts to increase the federal tax and instead prioritize improving our nation’s infrastructure through reforms that don’t require Arizonans to shoulder the financial burden.”

The group is also launching digital ads encouraging Rep. Greg Stanton, a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Highway Subcommittee, to oppose efforts to increase the gas tax and instead prioritize key reforms that will improve our nation’s infrastructure, such as:

  • Preserving federal infrastructure dollars for targeted construction projects of a national priority;
  • Unleashing private investment in infrastructure assets;
  • Returning power and responsibility to the states wherever possible;
  • Overhauling the regulatory and permitting system to improve outcomes and efficiency; and
  • Eliminating costly and unfair labor restrictions.

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AFP has long maintained that there are better ways to address our nation’s infrastructure challenges than asking taxpayers to reach back into their pockets to funnel more money into a broken system. The economy is booming in large part to the tax and regulatory reforms that Congress and the administration have implemented, and we urge them not to undermine that success by clawing back that tax relief at the gas pump.

For further information or an interview, reach Nicole Tardif at or (571) 329-0161.