Do you support raising the federal gas tax to improve the national transportation infrastructure (for example roads, train tracks, and bridges)? Why or why not?

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I am a fiscal conservative. My position is that our current government has grown too large, has impinged upon our personal and economic freedoms too much, and our federal and state taxes are too high. Infrastructure, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, and protecting our environment are all areas need to receive a higher priority in our federal budget, but cost cutting, not increased taxation, is the best way to fund these vital public projects.

We need a leaner government with better spending priorities. Where can we find the money? The Portability Of Our Professions act that I have proposed, for example, would effectively eliminate 98% (49 out of 50) redundant state licensing boards by allowing the nearly 30% of our work force who are licensed professionals to freely practice their professions in any state. This simple act would increase personal freedom, decrease consumer prices, decrease redundancy in government, and free up revenue for infrastructure that currently is being wasted on bloated government agencies, at absolutely no cost to the federal government. California alone has over 150 state licensing boards!

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