No one knows the state of the U.S. highway system better than truckers, and they’re ready to pay for new asphalt. The state of the roadways is so bad, in fact, that a combined effort of the American Trucking Associations, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pushing for an increase in the federal fuel tax rate. This isn’t a group known to support new business taxes. This past summer, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, in cooperation with Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, sought to increase the fuel tax by 6 cents in a one-time action and then tie the tax to inflation going forward. The rate has been 18.4 cents a gallon for gas and 24.4 cents a gallon for diesel since 1993. At the time, Corker said that unless something is done soon, the Highway Trust Fund will face a $100 billion shortfall within 10 years. So far, the senators’ pleas have fallen on deaf ears in Congress and at the White House. Still, the trucking group has begun its lobbying effort with a letter to the new Congress and while fuel prices are low, the issue is likely to come up in the new session.