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Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase
Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 12:17 PM EDT | Joan Lowy

Posted on 06/18/2014 9:48:43 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress’ struggle to pay for highway and transit programs.

The plan offered by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would raise the 18.4-cents-a-gallon federal gas tax and 24.4-cents-a-gallon diesel tax by 12 cents each over the next two years, and then index the taxes to keep pace with inflation.

The plan also calls for offsetting the tax increases with other taxes cuts. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Travel
KEYWORDS: bobcorker; energy; gasoline; gastax; highwaytrustfund; necessarilyskyrocket; obamunism; redistribution; senate; tax; thumbscrews; uniparty
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1 posted on 06/18/2014 9:48:43 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

California leads the way, again. We’re scheduled for a state increase of 12c by next year.


2 posted on 06/18/2014 9:51:33 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: Olog-hai

And how much have the sponsors and the rest of the political thieves stolen from the highway trust fund for other purposes?


3 posted on 06/18/2014 9:51:44 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Olog-hai

The ads against Corker just write themselves...Corker wishes to raise your taxes by 12 cents per gallon. Corker is tone-deaf regarding the people he represents.


4 posted on 06/18/2014 9:52:38 AM PDT by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: Olog-hai

Just where the hell do these pompous asses think we’re going to get the 12 cents a gallon to pay for that increase?Since the demRats thoroughly wrecked the economy.

I guess they think I can just go to my Employer and order him to increase My pay enough to cover the increase.

God I Hate demRats.


5 posted on 06/18/2014 9:52:43 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Olog-hai

TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY


6 posted on 06/18/2014 9:52:43 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Olog-hai

Plan is to “settle” for less.


7 posted on 06/18/2014 9:54:08 AM PDT by subterfuge (Hey NSA snoop, get a real job you idiot!)
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To: Olog-hai

Another illegal revenue raising bill originating in the Senate. Ho hum...


8 posted on 06/18/2014 9:55:18 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Olog-hai
Anybody remember old John Anderson for President and his 50 cent a gallon gas tax platform? (that's when gas was a buck a gallon)


9 posted on 06/18/2014 9:56:53 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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Yeah, this will help the economy. Everything will be going up in price as a result and consumer spending will go down. Companies will not sit back and absorb this as their shipping and receiving costs go up; it will be past on to you and I. So, essentially, we will be taxed two and three times over as companies struggle to survive and we as consumers struggle to make ends meet.


10 posted on 06/18/2014 9:57:19 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Olog-hai

Other taxes cuts? Are there no editors?


11 posted on 06/18/2014 10:00:08 AM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: jiggyboy

The republican led house and senate here in Washington have been pushing hard for the 12 cent gas tax ($1 Billion/ annually) for the last two years. the only reason it hasn’t gotten through is that the public and most of the elected are fed up with WSDOT mismanagement since 95% of this money would go to them for their mega projects and highway repairs. The local agencies (cities and counties) would only get about 5% of this money.

I have attended numerous public hearings on this matter and WSDOT is allowed to testify how broke they are and how badly they need this money although 90% of their system is rated as excellent!


12 posted on 06/18/2014 10:00:44 AM PDT by shotgun
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To: Olog-hai

There will never be enough money for incompetent, corrupt and selfish politicians.


13 posted on 06/18/2014 10:01:33 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Olog-hai
If we lose Iraq to the death cult now trying to take it over, gas prices are going to double. The last thing the American people need right now is more terrorism from Washington.

14 posted on 06/18/2014 10:01:33 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Olog-hai

Obama says energy costs must be made to skyrocket. Corker doubles down.

With millions of people living at the margins of financial stability, cutting and scrimping wherever they can, what happens to businesses that depend on their trade when people are squeezed even more and they have to tighten their belts further to pay the Corker Gas Tax?


15 posted on 06/18/2014 10:01:50 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Olog-hai

Yeh like gas is not high enough already.


16 posted on 06/18/2014 10:02:22 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Did some research. He got this rated as “not a tax increase” so he could keep his pledge. Raising taxes 189 million in 2 years paid for by other special interest relief spread over 10 years. Sorry Bob, that’s an increase.


17 posted on 06/18/2014 10:03:54 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Olog-hai
the proposal as a solution to Congress’ struggle to pay for highway and transit programs

Don't forget to pronounce that as "shtruggle" for extra believability...

18 posted on 06/18/2014 10:05:40 AM PDT by mikrofon (Everything's a shtruggle these days.)
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To: Olog-hai

Argh! (on so many levels).

-We’re dealing with high gas prices already (which is driving down consumption, which is a big reason these clowns aren’t getting the gas tax revenue they “need” in the first place), and now these two clowns want to bleed us that much more at the pump? Argh!

-They’re going to ‘offset’ these tax increases by extending 50 different tax credits. Ah-huh. Somehow, I doubt most of us will enjoy the benefits of those tax credits at the pump. And, leave it to Congress critters to find a way to keep 50 different loopholes on the books.


19 posted on 06/18/2014 10:05:45 AM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: Olog-hai

So it’s okay when the government does this, but it’s BIG OIL and Halliburton are evil when the price goes up otherwise. This on top of Corbet’s PA tax hike is brutal.


20 posted on 06/18/2014 10:07:12 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Truth29
And how much have the sponsors and the rest of the political thieves stolen from the highway trust fund for other purposes?

Um...all of it.

21 posted on 06/18/2014 10:07:41 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Can anyone tell me who the head of the Muslim peace movement is?)
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To: Olog-hai

So, they want to increase taxes on every American who drives but tell us they will offset that with Federal tax cuts which only benefit the wealthy elite.


22 posted on 06/18/2014 10:07:55 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Olog-hai

Nope. Government gets enough money. Cut back on the welfare state to pay for roads.


23 posted on 06/18/2014 10:07:57 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: shotgun

Ah but that’s why it’s all excellent, dear taxpayer. Because we spent it all, which apparently was the correct amount!


24 posted on 06/18/2014 10:11:01 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: Olog-hai

There are always a few Republicans willing to join the Democrats and stab America in the back. Corker has been a BIG disappointment,


25 posted on 06/18/2014 10:11:06 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Very sane proposal. If only it would be concurrent with a rollback of utterly unnecessary regulations and corporate taxation too.


26 posted on 06/18/2014 10:12:27 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Notice the total disinterest by the media? We never heard the end of it when Bush was in office. Look at this article from 2007. Prices have more than doubled since then!!! Gas Industry Accused of Price Gouging
27 posted on 06/18/2014 10:12:57 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Olog-hai; GeronL

Add licensing costs to the electric cars that aren’t paying THEIR FAIR SHARE of highway funds.


28 posted on 06/18/2014 10:13:05 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Olog-hai

Elites are all for it.
The middle and lower classes, not so much.
Me thinks the next American Revolution will have more of a French Revolution flavor to it, if you know what I mean...


29 posted on 06/18/2014 10:15:29 AM PDT by TheDon (Californians are losing their right to keep and bear firearms one firearm at a time.)
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To: Olog-hai

Don’t they realize that Obama’s lack of policy in Iraq will add 12cents times 10 to gas prices causing another energy crisis?


30 posted on 06/18/2014 10:17:07 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Olog-hai

Another Republican acting like a Democrat!


31 posted on 06/18/2014 10:17:20 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TheDon

If that’s true, then the country will plunge further left.


32 posted on 06/18/2014 10:17:51 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

...and then index the taxes to keep pace with inflation.


The money quote.


33 posted on 06/18/2014 10:18:12 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: subterfuge

Pubs should come out with a plan to lower it 20 cents and settle for a 10 cent reduction.


34 posted on 06/18/2014 10:20:39 AM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Olog-hai

And the push for hybrids and electric cars??? What taxes will they pay???

And I like the bovine excrement that they will cut taxes elsewhere when these highway taxes are raised. Yeah, sure they will.


35 posted on 06/18/2014 10:23:45 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Olog-hai

Skyrocket anyone?


36 posted on 06/18/2014 10:24:36 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: Olog-hai
"The plan offered by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would raise the 18.4-cents-a-gallon federal gas tax and 24.4-cents-a-gallon diesel tax by 12 cents each over the next two years, and then index the taxes to keep pace with inflation."

Oh gee, thanks a million Bob Corker, RINO (aka, Democrat/Obama Collaborator) - Tenn.

WE WON'T FORGET!

37 posted on 06/18/2014 10:25:08 AM PDT by StormEye
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To: Olog-hai

Hope the two don’t find out what the vultures shoved through in MD. A 6% SALES tax of fuel.

Absolutely ZERO incentive to find ways to lower gas cost.


38 posted on 06/18/2014 10:26:33 AM PDT by cyclotic (America's premier outdoor adventure association for boys-traillifeusa.com)
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To: Olog-hai

Good idea. It’s not like the fiasco in the Middle East is going to cause prices to skyrocket.


39 posted on 06/18/2014 10:30:14 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: circlecity
What are the other cuts? I don't understand, even after I read the linked full article:
The six expired tax breaks identified by the senators as possible offsets for fuel tax increases are a research and development tax credit, certain expensing by small businesses, the state and local sales tax deduction, increasing employer-provided transit benefits to the same level as parking benefits, a deduction for spending by teachers on classroom supplies, and an increased deduction for land conservation and easement donations.
The only one of those I sufficiently understand is the transit/commuter benefit (re-)increase.
40 posted on 06/18/2014 10:31:22 AM PDT by pogo101
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When I was quite young, I believe gasoline was 25 cents in the mid 50’s.


41 posted on 06/18/2014 10:32:01 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (The democRATic party preys on the ignorant..!)
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To: nascarnation

What an islamist facilitating idiot.


42 posted on 06/18/2014 10:32:03 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Olog-hai
Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress’ struggle to pay for highway and transit programs

How about ... NOT USING HIGHWAY TAXES TO PAY FOR "TRANSIT PROGRAMS" ...

Transit programs don't benefit highway users (and don't bother to repeat the bullsh!t about taking the burden off the roads. That's just crap) How about making TRANST programs pay for themselves.

43 posted on 06/18/2014 10:33:44 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: pogo101

The other cuts are either to narrowly targeted groups (ie teachers) or the wealthy. The increase would apply to just about everyone. The whole idea of this as an “offset” is total BS.


44 posted on 06/18/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Yep. I recall 29 9/10¢ gas throughout much of my childhood years.


45 posted on 06/18/2014 10:48:10 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: jiggyboy
In Pennsylvania, Republican governor Corbett and the Republican-controlled legislature just passed a .28 per gallon gas tax.

$6.00 gas, here we come!

46 posted on 06/18/2014 10:56:38 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: puppypusher

Since the demRats thoroughly wrecked the economy.


It wasn’t just the D’s that wrecked it. I left the R party when they controlled both sides of the house and the executive branch and still taxed and spent like drunken democrats.

I learned then that the two parties are two sides of the same coin. They have been playing “good cop, bad cop” with us for decades. I’m not falling for it any more.


47 posted on 06/18/2014 11:00:48 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Olog-hai

The problem isn’t too little revenue, it’s WAY too much spending. We need to cut spending by $400B next year, $200B the following year, and then start looking for the hard cuts.


48 posted on 06/18/2014 11:04:28 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Olog-hai

F-EM.

I REALLY HATE these people, they should be repealing the gas tax, not increasing it. Gasoline is already eating into my budget!


49 posted on 06/18/2014 11:12:53 AM PDT by JSDude1
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To: Olog-hai

Utter insanity. Corker is an a@@, and playing ball with the lefties so he and his crony buddies are on the inside track for securing the TVA for themselves.


50 posted on 06/18/2014 11:13:21 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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