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GOP Rep: Gas tax hike 'resonates' with lawmakers
thehill.com ^ | february 11, 2014 | keith laing

Posted on 02/11/2014 11:05:41 AM PST by lowbridge

Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) said on Tuesday that an increase in the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax "resonates" with a lot of members of the House Transportation Committee. 

Petri said while speaking at a "Safe Routes To Everywhere" event at the Capitol on Tuesday morning that lawmakers have heard from truck drivers who are volunteering to pay higher taxes on diesel gasoline to help improve the condition of the roads they drive on. 

"When we had our initial hearing, the Trucking Association came down and said 'they're not in the business of raising cost for their members or making life more difficult for their members, but they supported raising the diesel fuel tax on the truckers because they wanted to have a first rate, efficient transportation system," said Petri, who is a member of the GOP's leadership team on the Transportation Committee. 

"It would cost them if they didn't," Petri continued. "They looked at all the different alternatives as the way to fund the system, and they thought the fairest way would be to do that. That resonates with people." 

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gasoline; tax; taxes
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1 posted on 02/11/2014 11:05:41 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Additional taxes always resonate with big gov’t dirtbags.


2 posted on 02/11/2014 11:07:56 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: lowbridge
GOP Rep: Gas tax hike 'resonates' with lawmakers

Alarm bells resonate too.

3 posted on 02/11/2014 11:08:00 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: lowbridge

Recall when this was last raised, 1993 by Clinton and Dem congress. Then they got booted 1994 election.


4 posted on 02/11/2014 11:08:12 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: lowbridge
What tax doesn't "resonate" with oligarchs?
5 posted on 02/11/2014 11:09:19 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: lowbridge

The truckers incorrectly assume the tax hike money will be used to improve the roads. More than likely, it will be used to expand the welfare state.


6 posted on 02/11/2014 11:10:17 AM PST by Signalman
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To: sickoflibs

I hope he gets his bell rung, that resonates too.


7 posted on 02/11/2014 11:10:53 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: lowbridge
...truck drivers who are volunteering to pay higher taxes on diesel gasoline to help improve the condition of the roads they drive on.

Where can I buy this diesel gasoline?
8 posted on 02/11/2014 11:11:08 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: lowbridge

I suppose that this nitwit has never heard of the phrase: “TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY”?


9 posted on 02/11/2014 11:12:15 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: lowbridge

simple response: drive as little as possible.


10 posted on 02/11/2014 11:13:33 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: lowbridge
If they are so concerned about gas prices, why do they NEVER contemplate lowering the lion's share of that price, namely the taxes?

11 posted on 02/11/2014 11:13:54 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: lowbridge

Higher gas taxes resonate with truckers, eh?

I dare him to walk into a truck stop and shout out THAT proposal.


12 posted on 02/11/2014 11:14:40 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: lowbridge

If these fools actually think that the $$$ from a fuel tax increase will actually be spent to improve the roads - they need electric shock treatments.


13 posted on 02/11/2014 11:14:45 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: lowbridge

“When we had our initial hearing, the Trucking Association came down and said ‘they’re not in the business of raising cost for their members or making life more difficult for their members, but they supported raising the diesel fuel tax on the truckers because they wanted to have a first rate, efficient transportation system,” said Petri, who is a member of the GOP’s leadership team on the Transportation Committee.

Not mentioned of course is that the ‘big operators’ will absorb the costs at first and then when their competitors go belly up they will then pass the expenses on to their customers. It’s how Crony Capitalism rolls, folks.


14 posted on 02/11/2014 11:15:30 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: Army Air Corps
Where can I buy this diesel gasoline?

Let me know if you find out. I'd be glad to come and fill Congressman Petri's tank with it.


15 posted on 02/11/2014 11:15:52 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MichaelCorleone

Yep.

They’d sell their own mothers to slavery if it brought them additional public money to play with.


16 posted on 02/11/2014 11:16:25 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Signalman

Wonder where they found truckers dumb enough to ask for more fuel taxes, and dumb enough to believe the money will be used for roads?


17 posted on 02/11/2014 11:16:42 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Army Air Corps

You just have to fill a gas can with both nozzles!!


18 posted on 02/11/2014 11:17:08 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Signalman

We have a winner !!

You know exactly what will happen to it...down the bunny hole goes the cash to but votes of the indolent.


19 posted on 02/11/2014 11:17:54 AM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: nutmeg

They love other people’s money. Locally, they are pushing for rail that goes 25 mph for billions of dollars. Time to call somebody. We have no Congressman Young any more. Just Rubio.


20 posted on 02/11/2014 11:18:20 AM PST by floriduh voter (Jackwagons of the United States You Have Wrecked My Country)
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To: lowbridge

Annnnnd shocker. Petri is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership:

http://www.republicanmainstreet.org/members/


21 posted on 02/11/2014 11:18:22 AM PST by Nickname
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To: Army Air Corps

Throughout the world, automotive diesel, aka D2, is known as diesel gasoline.


22 posted on 02/11/2014 11:18:49 AM PST by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: lowbridge
Petri said while speaking at a "Safe Routes To Everywhere" event at the Capitol on Tuesday morning that lawmakers have heard from truck drivers who are volunteering to pay higher taxes on diesel gasoline to help improve the condition of the roads they drive on

has everyone forgotten "stimulus"? Giving the government more money is not going to make the roads better.

23 posted on 02/11/2014 11:19:02 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: lowbridge

Hitting someone in the head with a frying pan “resonates” too.


24 posted on 02/11/2014 11:19:24 AM PST by Zathras
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To: ltc8k6

My guess is they were union driver employees of trucking companies that were asked. Folks who won’t pay a penny of it themselves.


25 posted on 02/11/2014 11:19:38 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: lowbridge
Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) said on Tuesday that an increase in the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax "resonates" with a lot of members of the House Transportation Committee.

Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

26 posted on 02/11/2014 11:20:32 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: lowbridge

GOP membership of the Transportation Committee:

Bill Shuster - Pennsylvania, Chairman

Don Young - Alaska

Thomas E. Petri - Wisconsin

Howard Coble - North Carolina

John J. Duncan Jr. - Tennessee

John L. Mica - Florida

Frank A. LoBiondo - New Jersey

Gary G. Miller - California

Sam Graves - Missouri

Shelley Moore Capito - West Virginia

Candice S. Miller - Michigan

Duncan Hunter - California

Eric A. “Rick” Crawford - Arkansas

Lou Barletta - Pennsylvania

Blake Farenthold - Texas

Larry Bucshon - Indiana

Bob Gibbs - Ohio

Patrick Meehan - Pennsylvania

Richard L. Hanna - New York

Daniel Webster - Florida

Steve Southerland, II - Florida

Jeff Denham - California

Reid J. Ribble - Wisconsin

Thomas Massie - Kentucky

Steve Daines - Montana

Tom Rice - South Carolina

Markwayne Mullin - Oklahoma

Roger Williams - Texas

Trey Radel - Florida

Mark Meadows - North Carolina

Scott Perry - Pennsylvania

Rodney Davis - Illinois

Mark Sanford - South Carolina


27 posted on 02/11/2014 11:20:37 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: ltc8k6

Trumka


28 posted on 02/11/2014 11:20:43 AM PST by drypowder
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To: lowbridge

I don’t mind truckers volunteering to pay more taxes. That’s their business. Hey truckers: there’s a place on your federal tax return where you can include your selfless gift. Go for it.

But I mind the hell out of truckers volunteering ME to pay more taxes. Go screw yourselves would be my first reaction. After thinking it through, though, my second reaction is go screw yourselves with something red hot.

Anyway, if this comes to pass, I’ll get to pay double; more for every mile I drive, PLUS increased cost of goods from those altruistic truckers passing their increased taxes along to me. Sweet.


29 posted on 02/11/2014 11:22:05 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: mosaicwolf
If these fools actually think that the $$$ from a fuel tax increase will actually be spent to improve the roads - they need electric shock treatments.

Like!

30 posted on 02/11/2014 11:22:53 AM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: lowbridge

Seems to me there must be enough money in the fund already, since they
have enough to plant thousands of crepe myrtles, junipers, and daffodils
at all of the interchanges around here.


31 posted on 02/11/2014 11:22:57 AM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: lowbridge

So much for the appeal of diesel engines in cars, SUV’s, and light duty trucks.

It’s already questionable whether the purchase expense and the extra fuel cost justifies buying such a diesel engine vehicle.

Added diesel fuel costs will make it a definite no, and further hold back diesels in the US.


32 posted on 02/11/2014 11:23:31 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: F15Eagle

“Yes, we sell blended fuel here!”


33 posted on 02/11/2014 11:24:35 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Zathras

LOL!


34 posted on 02/11/2014 11:24:40 AM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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35 posted on 02/11/2014 11:25:18 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Zathras

I’ll give another LOL to that.


36 posted on 02/11/2014 11:25:22 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Signalman

Yes, trust fund revenues are falling because of greater fuel efficiency (laughable in itself because much of that change and hence the revenue shortfall is the result of federal mandates). But why do we cling to this notion that the federal government has to provide the bulk of highway funding in the country?

If they want to make trust fund money go further at the state level, then repeal Davis Bacon that requires any road project with federal funds to pay union wages no matter the state, and get rid of the voluminous environmental regs and laws that make a mile of road in this country so prohibitively expensive. Or better yet, why don’t we eliminate federal fuel taxes on gas and Diesel and instead let the states decide their own highway levies and expenditures with no strings attached?

Ridiculous, raise taxes to cover a state and local obligation that we can’t keep up with anymore because of our own mandates.


37 posted on 02/11/2014 11:26:43 AM PST by GOPFlack
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To: ltc8k6

Don’t worry, the EPA is mandating Ultra Low Sulfur in gasoline in 2017 to boost it up to the old price relationship to diesel.


38 posted on 02/11/2014 11:27:04 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: lowbridge

So the repubs got the dems on the ropes with Obamacare. And what’s their plan? Amnesty and gas taxes. Kown as the stupid party for a reason.


39 posted on 02/11/2014 11:28:54 AM PST by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: Signalman

Sucker truckers.


40 posted on 02/11/2014 11:36:35 AM PST by onedoug
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To: nascarnation

All modern diesels sold in the US require ULSD already.

Using anything less will wreck them in short order. Even Low Sulfur Diesel will destroy them.


41 posted on 02/11/2014 11:37:01 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: nascarnation

Nice play on the Diesel Gasoline!


42 posted on 02/11/2014 11:37:29 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: lowbridge

Republicans run for office on an anti-tax, small government platform and then forget about it about as fast as Obama forgot about his oath of office.


43 posted on 02/11/2014 11:39:50 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: lowbridge

They already spent $800 billion on “Shovel ready” jobs to fix the nation’s infrastructure back in 2009.

Unfortunately, the only shovel-ready job that got created was Jay Carney’s.


44 posted on 02/11/2014 11:42:08 AM PST by Maceman
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To: ltc8k6

You’re correct.
That’s why diesel went up in price relative to gasoline in 2007 when the 15ppm limit went into effect.
And why gasoline will go up in price in 2017.


45 posted on 02/11/2014 11:55:19 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: ltc8k6; All

Probably the ones that can’t speak English.......

Wonder where they found truckers dumb enough to ask for more fuel taxes, and dumb enough to believe the money will be used for roads?


46 posted on 02/11/2014 11:56:26 AM PST by PenguinM
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To: lowbridge
Great to know which phony GOP legislators who are enemies of the American taxpayer and freedom from big and continuously growing government!

We always have a party that is ready to use half of America that site in the cart, waiting to be transported by the shrinking half out pulling, by voting to support those in the cart!

Send these RINO clowns home!

47 posted on 02/11/2014 11:58:28 AM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: lowbridge

>>>> “.... They looked at all the different alternatives as the way to fund the system, and they thought the fairest way would be to do that.”

Why is there an endless need to ‘fund the system’?

When even Republicans are talking ‘what is fair’, you know you have lost the whole war.


48 posted on 02/11/2014 12:04:18 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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The federal gasoline tax was implented in June 1932 @ 1 cent/gal.
It was last raised in 1993 to 18.4 cents/gal.


49 posted on 02/11/2014 12:10:37 PM PST by deport
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To: lowbridge

First, the tax increase seems huge. Does it have to be that high? Second, how about combining the tax increase (hopefully smaller), with a mandate to grant the permits for the Keystone pipeline?

With a more business-friendly President, we would have better options; e.g., cutting the Amtrak subsidy, opening off-shore drilling, relaxing the fuel-efficiency standards, and ending subsides to ethanol. We could both provide the funds needed to maintain our highway system, rev up the economy, and balance the budget without raising taxes.


50 posted on 02/11/2014 12:17:23 PM PST by Redmen4ever
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