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Voinovich: Gas tax hike would pump up the job market, help close deficit (RINO-OH)
The Hill ^ | 8/7/2010 | Shane D'Aprile

Posted on 08/07/2010 1:30:35 PM PDT by Qbert

Retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) is pressing his case for an increase in the gas tax as a way to help close the federal budget deficit and create additional jobs. 

In a letter to members of President Obama's debt commission, Voinovich laid out his argument for the increase.

"Fuel taxes today fund the vast majority of the federal government's investment in infrastructure projects," Voinovich wrote in the letter. "Due to dwindling fuel tax receipts, Congress has had to transfer billions of dollars from the General Fund to the Highway Trust Fund to maintain our current level of federal involvement." 

Voinovich said the tax hike is needed to help keep the Highway Trust Fund afloat.

"The lack of investment in our crumbling bridge, highway, and transit systems is a missed opportunity for the creation of thousands of well paying jobs and long term economic growth for our Nation," said Voinovich.  

The federal fuel tax has not seen an increase for nearly two decades. It's currently 18.4 cents a gallon, which it was set at in 1993. 

The Obama administration has come out against the idea of raising the gas tax.

Voinovich, the ranking member on the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, has been pushing the idea of a hike for a while.

“I believe Americans are willing to pay a higher gas tax to create jobs, improve our infrastructure and better our climate," Voinovich said at a business conference in Ohio last month. "And many of my conservative colleagues do not consider that gas tax as a tax, but as a user fee.

It's the same argument Voinovich made back in April when he called for a fuel tax increase. Voinovich said the money would help jumpstart the economy by helping fund transportation projects. 

It's not an idea lawmakers of either party are likely to embrace and Voinovich certainly isn't known for toeing his party's line in the Senate. 

The moderate Republican has been courted as a key swing vote by Democrats on major agenda items like healthcare and financial reform.

Democrats are now courting Voinovich on the small business bill the Senate leadership hopes to take up after the August recess. The Republican leadership has pressured the retiring senator to not vote with Democrats to allow the bill to proceed.  


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: energy; gasoline; georgevoinovich; oh; ohio; taxes
"..."The lack of investment in our crumbling bridge, highway, and transit systems is a missed opportunity for the creation of thousands of well paying jobs and long term economic growth for our Nation," said Voinovich."

What the...? I thought that was what the 862 BILLION DOLLARS was for!!

1 posted on 08/07/2010 1:30:40 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert
What the...? I thought that was what the 862 BILLION DOLLARS was for!!

Not to mention the record receipts for fuel taxes before Nancy and Company tanked the economy.

2 posted on 08/07/2010 1:32:27 PM PDT by gundog (Why is it that useful idiots remain idiots long after they've exhausted their usefulness?)
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To: Qbert

What a dope. Retire already,.

And you’re right, Qbert, all the shovel ready crap was supposedly covered in stinkulus, right along with saving all those teacher’s jobs that the new jobs bill is supposed to now save.


3 posted on 08/07/2010 1:34:14 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: Qbert

With friends like this...


4 posted on 08/07/2010 1:34:52 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: Qbert

How is raising gas taxes going to do that?


5 posted on 08/07/2010 1:38:54 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Qbert
Well, raise the tax enough to eliminate the deficit, and every future possible deficit no matter how much you want to spend. Heck, you can eliminate unemployment entirely in Ohio.

There is no limit as to how much good you can do if you just raise taxes enough.

6 posted on 08/07/2010 1:39:50 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Qbert

Voinovich must be one of those rare reasonable Republicans.


7 posted on 08/07/2010 1:40:59 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Qbert

WRONG! Unless we choose to suspend our memories, we still know what occurred before even the housing bubble burst. The price of gasoline that forced truckers out of business and broke the budget of millions of hard working American families.


8 posted on 08/07/2010 1:41:27 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: stevem

the electric cars don’t work economics-wise at current fuel prices so expect the tax to boost their appeal


9 posted on 08/07/2010 1:45:52 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: gidget7
The price of gasoline that forced truckers out of business and broke the budget of millions of hard working American families.

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10 posted on 08/07/2010 1:47:59 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Qbert

Yo Georgie! It’s not the job of motorists to pull Barack the Kenyan’s gonads out of the fire. The way to “pump up” the job market is for you lowlifes to stop raising taxes and passing goofy **** like “Obamacare” and “cap and tax”. Geeesh bubba! This isn’t rocket science!!! Any AMERICAN can figure it out!


11 posted on 08/07/2010 1:49:17 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The United States of America! aka The Big Pinata. Bash it and the goodies fall out.)
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To: Qbert
What a tool. Another "Republican" who needs to go down hard. He doesn't represent the American people, he represents whats wrong in Washington and THE RULING ELITE.

Why don't you cry for us George. Cry for us the way you did when you opposed John Bolton's nomination. He's a far better man than you, you whiney crybaby. Cry for us again.

Senator George "The Buckeye Boo-Hoo" Voinovich.
12 posted on 08/07/2010 1:50:49 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: Qbert

What a fornicating moron. Kill ten jobs to create one? yeah, that’ll work.


13 posted on 08/07/2010 1:51:12 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: digger48

My point exactly.


14 posted on 08/07/2010 2:00:10 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: OrangeHoof

Is he some kind of psychotic?


15 posted on 08/07/2010 2:06:37 PM PDT by AceMineral (Clam down!)
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To: Qbert

16 posted on 08/07/2010 2:09:56 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Qbert
I believe Americans are willing to pay a higher gas tax to create jobs, improve our infrastructure and better our climate,

The federal fuel tax has not seen an increase for nearly two decades. It's currently 18.4 cents a gallon,

If you really believe that raising taxes is good for the economy, then why not make it 18.4 dollars a gallon. Just think how many jobs you could create with that. NOT

17 posted on 08/07/2010 2:14:57 PM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Qbert

I like to refer to Voinovich as “George of the Bungle”.


18 posted on 08/07/2010 2:16:34 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: AceMineral
Voinovich was always a mere bean counter economics-wise. He was a sort of competent manager as mayor of Cleveland and governor of Ohio but never showed the faintest hint of creativity or vision when it came to the future. Likewise he displayed no interest in macroeconomics, being content to diddle with budgets and count paperclips.
19 posted on 08/07/2010 2:18:01 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Qbert

OH, why can’t somebody get these RINOS to shut up?!!!!


20 posted on 08/07/2010 2:19:40 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: Qbert

I could wile away the hours
Conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain
And my head I’d be scratchin’
While my thoughts were busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain

i would not be just a nuffin’
My head all full of stuffin’
My heart all full of pain
I would dance and be merry
Life would be a ding-a-derry
If I only had a brain


21 posted on 08/07/2010 2:20:21 PM PDT by flat
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To: Qbert

GTHUPOS


22 posted on 08/07/2010 2:21:30 PM PDT by IbJensen ((Ps 109.8): "Let his days be few; and let another take his position.")
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To: Qbert
I have one question for the Senator.....

Do I look like Mrs. Voinovich?

Do I look like Mrs Voinovich?

Then why you try to make sex with me!!!!

23 posted on 08/07/2010 2:23:02 PM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Qbert
The moderate Republican has been courted as a key swing vote by Democrats

So he's a whore. A skank ass one at that.

24 posted on 08/07/2010 2:27:33 PM PDT by csvset
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To: stevem

Voinovich must be one of those rare reasonable Republicans.


An endangered species that I hope doesn’t get protected. Let’s see, gas prices going up, gas taxes going up, people already strapped for cash, means they stay home more, don’t spend as much in stores and for recreation. That spirals us further into depression. Good thinking Voinovich!


25 posted on 08/07/2010 2:40:59 PM PDT by excopconservative
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To: Qbert

Did the idiot break down and cry again?


26 posted on 08/07/2010 2:58:12 PM PDT by 4buttons
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To: Qbert

Third party ASAP.


27 posted on 08/07/2010 3:08:11 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: Qbert
Voinovich said the tax hike is needed to help keep the Highway Trust Fund afloat.

Maybe if Congress wasn't wasting billions on pork for things like a Ted Kennedy memorial, on salt water marsh mouses and studying the sex habits of truck drivers, it would be afloat.

Why taxpayer have to pay for the irresponsible spending habits of Congress?

28 posted on 08/07/2010 3:11:09 PM PDT by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: Qbert

I bet he cried while writing that, too.


29 posted on 08/07/2010 3:21:54 PM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: gundog

“”Fuel taxes today fund the vast majority of the federal government’s investment in infrastructure projects,” Voinovich wrote in the letter. “Due to dwindling fuel tax receipts, Congress has had to transfer billions of dollars from the General Fund to the Highway Trust Fund to maintain our current level of federal involvement.”

So let me get this straight..

The fuel tax receipts are ‘dwindling’ because people are out of work and have less money to spend, so he thinks raising taxes will cause people to spend more?

Where does he think people are going to get the ‘extra’ money from to pay for increased tax?

Out of their azzes?

This man should not only retire, but be committed to a ‘home’ for the criminally insane!


30 posted on 08/07/2010 3:32:22 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2
Big day on FR. Found out I'm a better economist than Voinovich and Greenspan. Thanks, Rush!
31 posted on 08/07/2010 3:34:47 PM PDT by gundog (Why is it that useful idiots remain idiots long after they've exhausted their usefulness?)
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To: Qbert

Raise taxes....more taxes...it’s like I;m back in canada.


32 posted on 08/07/2010 3:35:35 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Qbert

What were those shovel ready jobs suppose to do?

Besides the many road projects are local responsibilities.


33 posted on 08/07/2010 3:45:34 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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"Due to dwindling fuel tax receipts, Congress has had to transfer billions of dollars from the General Fund to the Highway Trust Fund to maintain our current level of federal involvement."

No George, let me correct your lie:

"Due to dwindling fuel tax receipts, Congress has now had to transfer some of the billions of dollars (that Congress took year after year from the Highway Trust Fund and put into the General Fund to spend on social programs), from the General Fund and put them back into the Highway Trust Fund just to maintain our current level of federal involvement, (which is, of course, the smallest amount of Highway Trust Funding that we think the public will accept if they could ever figure out how our "smoke and mirrors" budgeting and spending process works)."

34 posted on 08/07/2010 4:10:56 PM PDT by Col Freeper (FR is a smorgasbord of Conservative thoughts and ideas - dig in and enjoy it to its fullest!)
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To: Col Freeper

“”Due to dwindling fuel tax receipts, Congress has now had to transfer some of the billions of dollars (that Congress took year after year from the Highway Trust Fund and put into the General Fund to spend on social programs), from the General Fund and put them back into the Highway Trust Fund just to maintain our current level of federal involvement, (which is, of course, the smallest amount of Highway Trust Funding that we think the public will accept if they could ever figure out how our “smoke and mirrors” budgeting and spending process works).”

Yep. Just another Big Gov Ponzi scheme.


35 posted on 08/07/2010 4:32:33 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: digger48

My wife and I went car shopping. The salesman at the Honda dealer says we will have $5/gal gas by next Summer.


36 posted on 08/07/2010 4:59:30 PM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Qbert

NO F***ing Taxes asshole


37 posted on 08/07/2010 5:12:14 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: Qbert

Voinovich, you are wrong. The gasoline tax is already exorbitant. It will just hurt the economy more.


38 posted on 08/08/2010 7:17:32 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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