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Dr. Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank. He is also author of the State New Economy Index series and the book, "The Past and Future Of America's Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth." He is also chair of the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission. Before coming to ITIF, Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI's Technology & New Economy Project and former Project Director at the former Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.

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November 12, 2012 09:25 AM

Is it time to talk about a gas tax increase? Given the massive underinvestment in our nations surface transportation infrastructure, it's always the time to talk about a gas tax increase, even when the economy is not fully recovered. Raising the gas tax now would have no negative impact on a fragile economy as long as the money goes into the Highway Trust Fund and is invested in infrastructure. Consumers would be spending a little less, but the nation would be investing a little more, with no net impact on jobs.

So how do get a gas tax increase on the table? How about convincing American voters to start being concerned about the next generation? We are the only generation of Americans that will leave a degraded infrastructure to our children. Not only are we borrowing from the future generation to pay for federal spending, we are borrowing from the future by wearing down infrastructure. We not only have a budget deficit, but an investment deficit.

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