As the country begins debating an infrastructure proposal and how to pay for it, we should also be talking about who pays for increased infrastructure spending.
New infrastructure projects are largely funded through increased gas taxes. This tax works out conveniently for the federal government and state and local governments because the tax increase comes at the expense of those who can least afford it.
Hard-working families who are already living with tight household budgets will bear the heaviest burden of the gas tax. In fact, on average, Latino families make less than white, non-Latino families, so this will also disproportionately affect our community.
There are ways to update our nation's infrastructure without forcing hard-working Americans to pay the bill. Let's explore those options before reaching into the pockets of those who can least afford to be paying for these costs.