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US Gasoline Tax Increase Urged by Bipartisan Pair of Senators
Voice of America / Reuters ^ | June 18, 2014

Posted on 06/18/2014 5:08:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Two U.S. senators on Wednesday proposed raising federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes by 12 cents a gallon [3.2 cents a liter] over the next two years to keep a road and bridge fund from going broke.

The gasoline tax now stands at 18.4 cents a gallon, and the diesel tax at 24.4 cents a gallon. The politically sensitive levies have not been increased since 1993.

The senators' plan faces an uphill fight this year, with congressional elections coming in November.

Senators Bob Corker, a Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat, called for the tax increase, with the new revenue going to replenishing the federal Highway Trust Fund.

The fund pays for about half the country's spending on transportation projects and is projected to run out of money by the end of August.

“If Americans feel that having modern roads and bridges is important then Congress should have the courage to pay for it,” said Tennessee's Corker, in a joint statement.

Murphy, of Connecticut, said, “I know raising the gas tax isn't an easy choice, but we're not elected to make easy decisions -- we're elected to make the hard ones.”(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at voanews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bridges; congress; gasoline; inflation; infrastructure; roads; taxes
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1 posted on 06/18/2014 5:08:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Read my lips...


2 posted on 06/18/2014 5:10:10 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bob Corker

Thanks Tennessee. For nothing...

3 posted on 06/18/2014 5:10:42 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought we fixed the infrastructure with the last stimulus.


4 posted on 06/18/2014 5:11:10 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I know we’ve promised roads for tax increases about 20 time and reneged. But really, this time you’ll get some roads.

Trust us.


5 posted on 06/18/2014 5:15:47 PM PDT by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Too much of that money goes to “green” projects, not actual motor vehicle infrastructure. You get greenbelts (bike/walking/jogging paths), green space, commuter trains, commuter buses, commuting subsidies, etc... If the money collected in fuel/road taxes actually went to roads/bridges, we’d be fine.


6 posted on 06/18/2014 5:15:48 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Probably won’t happen, but I certainly prefer to pay, maybe, $100 more in a gas tax, than THOUSANDS more in tolls.

Others may think the other way, but the roads will be built, it’s only a question of how we pay for them and whether we want the kind of Crony Capitalism we’ve had to deal with here in Texas (i.e., private tollways, protected by the government).


7 posted on 06/18/2014 5:16:21 PM PDT by BobL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why not just go for $1.00 ,none will go for roads


8 posted on 06/18/2014 5:16:38 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: BobL

I live in Denton and I studiously avoid toll roads. Wish I knew how to use that train, that actually looks like a good deal in some circumstances.


9 posted on 06/18/2014 5:18:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million for ANY 2016 pro-2nd Amendment candidate.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
"Bob Corker"

Yep...that guy is a real corker...

10 posted on 06/18/2014 5:19:03 PM PDT by unread (Rescind the 17th. Amendment...bring the power BACK to the states...!)
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To: BobL
Quit being a tool.

Gas tax revenues gets pissed away on other non-transportation and envirowacko-transportation crap.

There were two huge transportation bills passed within the last 10 years that totaled close to $1.5 trillion dollars. The Porkulus and the 2005, $300 billion highway bill that Bush signed. Plus you have the continuous gas tax revenue coming into the feral government.

States should pay for their own roads and coordinate with other states on interstate highway and bridge related stuff.

11 posted on 06/18/2014 5:21:50 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I live in Denton and I studiously avoid toll roads. Wish I knew how to use that train, that actually looks like a good deal in some circumstances.”

Bummer, I feel bad for you. The Dallas area is getting screwed with toll roads even worse than Houston. Too bad we let our gas tax lapse, rather than allow it to keep up with inflation (like every other tax does, automatically).


12 posted on 06/18/2014 5:23:27 PM PDT by BobL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is because none of these dudes buy gasoline. someone else does it. Gas here was $3.89 today.


13 posted on 06/18/2014 5:23:38 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: unread

Call him what he is, “Corker the Porker” ...


14 posted on 06/18/2014 5:23:49 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Both need to be voted out of office!!


15 posted on 06/18/2014 5:25:34 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Believe it or not, most of the gas tax still pays for roads, and roads are NOT CHEAP.

...but I know that most FReeper prefer toll roads...until they find out what they cost after SELL-OUT governors, like Perry, sign 75 year “leases” allowing the operators to charge as much as they want. And watch Perry - I can promise you he will be on the Board of those same toll road companies the moment he leaves the governorship - he brought them A LOT of bucks.


16 posted on 06/18/2014 5:27:29 PM PDT by BobL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tax bicycles and running shoes not gasoline!!!


17 posted on 06/18/2014 5:27:30 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalebert

$3.99 in Shepardsville, KY today.


18 posted on 06/18/2014 5:28:59 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: everyone

T E A (stands for taxed enough already)


19 posted on 06/18/2014 5:36:07 PM PDT by deks (Sent from my BlackBerry Q10)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

$3.29 in Corpus Christi, no sign of an increase here yet.


20 posted on 06/18/2014 5:37:07 PM PDT by CARTOUCHE (9999 EOM)
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To: DManA
Trust me...

21 posted on 06/18/2014 5:42:40 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Senators Bob Corker, a Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat, called for the tax increase, with the new revenue...

Unless these elected criminals give us a detailed accounting as to where and how the gas taxes of the last 20 years have been spent, they might as well p*** up a rope!

To say nothing of the Omugabe $1trillion "stimulus!"

We should have gold plated highways and bridges!

22 posted on 06/18/2014 5:44:08 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m a little fuzzy here. Could someone remind me why I should hold my nose and vote for a rhino?


23 posted on 06/18/2014 5:46:33 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: Yogafist

Rhino = rino. Stupid auto correct.


24 posted on 06/18/2014 5:47:44 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: BobL
Probably won’t happen, but I certainly prefer to pay, maybe, $100 more in a gas tax, than THOUSANDS more in tolls.

That's the trouble with the country!
Too many people can't take a leap of imagination (or common sense) and continue viewing those as the only 2 choices!

25 posted on 06/18/2014 5:49:25 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: dalebert

Both of our cars require premium. I have been paying $4 a gallon for awhile now. They can take their gas taxes and shove em.


26 posted on 06/18/2014 5:52:24 PM PDT by sheana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When something is bipartisan, you know that the taxpayer is going to somehow get screwed.

Has taxes are high enough already. The government profits more than the eeeevil big oil companies. Enough is enough...


27 posted on 06/18/2014 5:54:42 PM PDT by NYRepublican72
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Raise fuel prices and it will do several things. Increase everyone’s cost for ALL goods, causes more unemployment, & DECREASES OVERALL TAX REVENUE due too tightened household and business budgets. So Senator Corker, which Tennessee or other contractors who win these construction bids are behind this?


28 posted on 06/18/2014 5:56:02 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: publius911

“That’s the trouble with the country!
Too many people can’t take a leap of imagination (or common sense) and continue viewing those as the only 2 choices!”

Third choice is maybe converting our freeways to toll roads (as the President has proposed, and is likely to happen unless the gas tax is increased).

That would be FINE if you could figure out a way to get rid of the CRONY CAPITALISM that goes with toll roads. Not too long ago, Pennsylvania applied to convert Interstate 80 (a freeway) into a toll road. They were rejected because the present transportation bill only permits tolling to the level needed to maintain (and maybe improve) that PARTICULAR highway - but Pennsylvania had bigger plans - they were going to JACK UP tolls massively to pay for public transportation in Philadelphia - when told that was not permitted, they didn’t bother even tolling the road (because another little secret is that maintaining an existing highway is cheap, relatively speaking), so the tolls they were permitted to charge would have to be next to nothing. Not worth the effort then. You see, relatively few people live in that part of Pennsylvania and much of the traffic on that highway is pass-through. So once Pennsylvania was told that they couldn’t EXTORT motorists and truckers, they had no interest in tolling. But EXTORTING is permitted in the new Obama Transportation proposal.

So maybe you have an idea that could work - but no one has proposed it yet that I know of.


29 posted on 06/18/2014 6:00:34 PM PDT by BobL
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Thanks Tennessee. For nothing...

I voted for the far more Conservative DEM running against him.

30 posted on 06/18/2014 6:01:49 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: cva66snipe

I enjoyed Corker working over the UAW honcho back when the car bailout hearings were going on back in 2008/9.
Sorry to see he’s got these tendencies.


31 posted on 06/18/2014 6:03:39 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: IYAS9YAS
Too much of that money goes to “green” projects, not actual motor vehicle infrastructure. You get greenbelts (bike/walking/jogging paths), green space, commuter trains, commuter buses, commuting subsidies, etc... If the money collected in fuel/road taxes actually went to roads/bridges, we’d be fine.

Yea like the University of Tennessee in Knoxville obtaining control of a federal highway {The Dixie Lee aka The Strip, Kingston Pike/ Cumberland Ave} and cutting it down from four lanes to two so the universities Liberal Green Village Idiots will be happy.

32 posted on 06/18/2014 6:06:50 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: nascarnation
I enjoyed Corker working over the UAW honcho back when the car bailout hearings were going on back in 2008/9. Sorry to see he’s got these tendencies.

In general I try to avoid voting for Republicans from the Chattanooga area due to a long standing bipartisan oligarchy. Chattanooga became a haven for persons who left town {Knoxville} after the 1982 Worlds Fair failure and fiasco's connected to it including two bank failures.

As odd as it seems I am also in a congressional district included in the Chattanooga area even though I live north of Knoxville.

33 posted on 06/18/2014 6:15:15 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hell, just go for it all, let’s just double every damn tax in the entire government. Think of all the money they’ll have to ‘invest’!!!!


34 posted on 06/18/2014 6:24:31 PM PDT by nobamanomore
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To: BobL

“Probably won’t happen, but I certainly prefer to pay, maybe, $100 more in a gas tax, than THOUSANDS more in tolls”

You will probably get both.


35 posted on 06/18/2014 6:30:48 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: BobL
Believe it or not, most of the gas tax still pays for roads, and roads are NOT CHEAP.

Like the Big Dig in Boston, and that disaster they have going on now in Seattle.

36 posted on 06/18/2014 6:31:29 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: nobamanomore

I’m entirely in favor of it... AFTER:

1. All of the -——STOLEN—— money that has been spent on everything BUT roads, bridges, infrastructure has been paid back, including the removal of tolls from roads that have already been paid for several times over;

2. From that point, every nickel collected goes to the intended purposes only.

Unless items one and two are addressed FIRST, they can go to hR#$.


37 posted on 06/18/2014 6:33:13 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: DAC21

“You will probably get both.”

Oh, you WILL get both. And, the “mileage tax” idea? Does any rational person ACTUALLY BELIEVE FOR A MOMENT that will be a -replacement- for the gas tax in order to accommodate alternate fueled vehicles? Ha.


38 posted on 06/18/2014 6:35:59 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As of July 1, 2014: Rates for 3 toll roads just in the Seattle area.

Number of Axles
Pass/ Cash/ Pay By Mail
Two $4.50 $5.50 $6.50
Three $6.75 $8.25 $9.75
Four $9.00 $11.00 $13.00
Five $11.25 $13.75 $16.25
Six or more $13.50 $16.50 $19.50

Really? Raise taxes to pay for maintenance? My mother pays through the nose every time she leaves her house...and again when she returns returns. The Gov. is doing everything it can to suck money out of your pocket at EVERY turn.


39 posted on 06/18/2014 6:36:06 PM PDT by PatrioticRose
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Murphy, of Connecticut, said, “I know raising the gas tax isn’t an easy choice, but we’re not elected to make easy decisions — we’re elected to make the hard ones.”


I beg to differ! Raising taxes is always the easy way out. Actually cutting spending is the hard choice!


40 posted on 06/18/2014 6:39:07 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: DAC21

“You will probably get both.”

Actually the gas tax is TRIVIAL compared to the tolls being charged - you won’t even notice the increase if both are done.


41 posted on 06/18/2014 6:43:30 PM PDT by BobL
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To: The Antiyuppie

“Oh, you WILL get both. And, the “mileage tax” idea? Does any rational person ACTUALLY BELIEVE FOR A MOMENT that will be a -replacement- for the gas tax in order to accommodate alternate fueled vehicles? Ha.”

If you DO NOT propose an alternative (i.e., a modest rise in the gas tax), you are ASSURED to get that “mileage tax”. Washington is DROOLING at that idea - and with no gas tax increase, it is DONE DEAL.

And yes...it will be nasty, VERY NASTY. With vehicle tracking they will be able to charge out based on the following:
1) What you drive
2) Where you drive
3) When you drive
4) Your political party (don’t put it past them)

So, if you like driving your big car, SUV, or truck to work, on a crowded road, during rush hour, you will get screwed, BIG TIME.


42 posted on 06/18/2014 6:47:00 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Cementjungle

‘I thought we fixed the infrastructure with the last stimulus.”

Well, the only thing that was “shovel ready” was the sh&& coming out of the Administration.


43 posted on 06/18/2014 6:47:56 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Moonman62

“Like the Big Dig in Boston, and that disaster they have going on now in Seattle.”

We also got the INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM and then widened it in virtually every city in the country.

I’d say we came out ahead, BIG TIME.


44 posted on 06/18/2014 6:48:01 PM PDT by BobL
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To: BobL

When the kickbacks, jobs for family and friends, and funneling a fortune to unions are factored in I don’t think we got our money’s worth. The highway bill along with the farm bill is the largest thievery on Earth.


45 posted on 06/18/2014 6:57:30 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62

“When the kickbacks, jobs for family and friends, and funneling a fortune to unions are factored in I don’t think we got our money’s worth. The highway bill along with the farm bill is the largest thievery on Earth.”

I won’t argue either point (especially the farm bill), but if you REALLY want to see corruption, just go to a toll road system (or mileage tax). Here in Houston, we collect so much more in tolls than the roads need that they’re giving money to the cities, for their projects.


46 posted on 06/18/2014 7:09:59 PM PDT by BobL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rates on the privately-owned 407 ETR in Canada. Roughly 40 cents per mile. Think about that.

http://www.407etr.com/tolls/rate-chart-2014.html


47 posted on 06/18/2014 7:21:09 PM PDT by BobL
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To: BobL

This is America.. Private road operators can charge whatever they like. The market will tell them when the price is too high.


48 posted on 06/18/2014 7:27:15 PM PDT by Lisbon1940
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hasn’t the fund for roads, bridges, etc. been raided for other purposes?


49 posted on 06/18/2014 7:44:48 PM PDT by expat2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They’re doing it to avoid laying off some of the more useful government employees—e.g., regulators. [Irony, sarcasm.]


50 posted on 06/18/2014 7:45:33 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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