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U.S. business, labor leaders urge Congress to raise gas tax
news.yahoo.com ^ | February 12, 2014 | Eric Beech

Posted on 02/15/2014 3:05:58 PM PST by ilovesarah2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. business and labor leaders urged Congress on Wednesday to raise the federal gasoline tax to prevent a fund that pays for road and bridge projects from running out of money as early as September.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing that allowing the Highway Trust Fund to run dry would slow road building and other infrastructure projects and hurt the U.S. economy.

"These investments not only create jobs but spur economic growth, ensure our country's long-term economic global competitiveness and improve the quality of life of our citizens," said Trumka, who heads the largest U.S. labor organization.

The Transportation Department estimates that the Highway Trust Fund, which relies on an 18.4 cents-a-gallon tax on gasoline and 24.4 cents-a-gallon tax on diesel, could run out of money as early as September. The taxes were last raised in 1993.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: demagogicparty; memebuilding; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; richardtrumka; thomasdonohue
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Our friends, Thomas Donohue and Richard Trumka, think this is a great idea. I have to disagree.
1 posted on 02/15/2014 3:05:58 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

First stop using the money to finance light rail and bike paths.


2 posted on 02/15/2014 3:09:12 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Raise the gas tax to pay someone $35 per hour to hold a sign on the side of the road while other workers make $50 per hour to put up $10 million electronic billboards over the road that flash out information like “Don’t Drink and Drive.”


3 posted on 02/15/2014 3:09:34 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

Tom Donohue’s just full of good ideas:

A steady flow of talented, industrious immigrants can fuel a booming economy
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3123445/posts


4 posted on 02/15/2014 3:11:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Take the gas tax money collected today, and spend it on what it was initially created for.

If mass transit needs money, then collect taxes on top of mass transit fees, to pay for it.

If subways need to be expanded, let them carry the load.

If new busses are required, let the buss fee taxes carry the load.

Quit making automobile owners pay for everything. Quit creating new toll roads. Quit selling rights of way to foreign national concerns.

We built this nation and it’s assets, and now we have no right to use the items we paid for. And if they say we don’t have enough money, then let them prove they didn’t take any of our gas taxes to pay for their non-automobile mass transit adventures.


5 posted on 02/15/2014 3:11:21 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

“Infrastructure improvement” is code for funneling money to the labor unions.


6 posted on 02/15/2014 3:11:26 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: RightGeek

“First stop using the money to finance light rail and bike paths”

...and ever other damn thing (buses, rental bikes, etc) except building/maintaining roads.


7 posted on 02/15/2014 3:11:46 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

What’s going to prevent the taxpayers from running out of money as early as September?


8 posted on 02/15/2014 3:11:54 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The Chamber of Commerce has lost any connection to the American people at this point. It wants to pick our pockets clean and give our jobs to invaders.

A pox on them.


9 posted on 02/15/2014 3:11:55 PM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: ilovesarah2012

I’m wondering what level of bribe money they’re bringing on their visits.


10 posted on 02/15/2014 3:12:04 PM PST by warchild9
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To: ilovesarah2012

Or we could stop blowing transportation funds on rain gardens, bike paths, and failing public transportation systems.


11 posted on 02/15/2014 3:12:13 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RightGeek

Highways
Most of the revenue from the federal gasoline excise tax is paid into the Highway Trust Fund. The Fund uses the money for federal highway and bridge improvements. This is a useful tool for increasing employment in the construction sector, especially during the summer.

Deficit Reduction
A significant amount of federal gas revenue goes into the General Fund, which helps reduce the annual federal budget deficit. For example, in 1990, a new tax of 2.5 cents per gallon was instituted on rail transportation. Proceeds went into the General Fund during the five-year duration of the program.

Public Transportation
About a third of federal gas tax revenue in the Highway Trust Fund also goes toward subsidizing local public transit projects. The argument for a highway fund being used for mass transit is that it reduces the number of drivers on the roads. Jonathan Williams of the Tax Foundation, among others, has argued that this is an inefficient use of highway funds, although more efficient than many earmarks that federal gas tax revenue has been used for.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/list_5769981_federal-gas-taxes-used-for_.html#ixzz2tR3ffijL


12 posted on 02/15/2014 3:13:07 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Get rid of insane union work rules and the “prevailing” wage EO...


13 posted on 02/15/2014 3:13:26 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Weren’t all those funds for “shovel-ready jobs” supposed to fix the roads?


14 posted on 02/15/2014 3:15:56 PM PST by WeatherGuy
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To: ilovesarah2012

What happened to all that $ from Obama stash?? shovel ready, stimulus aka slush fund.

What a joke & Donohue just as bad, if not worse than the RATs.


15 posted on 02/15/2014 3:16:25 PM PST by rainee (Her)
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To: DoughtyOne

“Quit making automobile owners pay for everything.”

How about defunding the EPA and getting rid of the low-sulphur diesel requirement?


16 posted on 02/15/2014 3:18:31 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

So we can get more crepe myrtles, junipers, and daffodils planted at all of the the interchanges???


17 posted on 02/15/2014 3:19:20 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

pays for road and bridge projects from running out of money as early as September


SCREW ALL OF THEM AND LET THEM RUN OUT OF MONEY!

Everyone reading this post will agree that the simple act of making each (and every employee) work a productive 8 hour day on the road or bridge will solve all problems. It doesn’t take 7 men to watch 1 dig a hole and it doesn’t take 25 inspectors to inspect the same thing and the most important is to hold the contractors fully liable fiscally for any failure to start a project until ALL plans are FINISHED and FUNDED at a non-negotiable (or subject to change) contract specification. Failure to comply penalizes the contractor, not the taxpayer.

My tagline has been around for many years and totally sums up ANY government project or contract.


18 posted on 02/15/2014 3:19:24 PM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m starting to see a pattern...


19 posted on 02/15/2014 3:19:38 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: cripplecreek

“Or we could stop blowing transportation funds on rain gardens, bike paths, and failing public transportation systems.”

The entire thing is basically an enormous slush fund, much like most of the rest of the Federal government funding.


20 posted on 02/15/2014 3:20:20 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

Ignoring Taxed Enough Already at their own peril.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 3:23:00 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: ilovesarah2012
They don't spend that money on roads and bridges!

And if they do, it goes into the pockets of a bunch of union thugs, then back to the Democrat Party!

Idiots!

22 posted on 02/15/2014 3:26:37 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: ilovesarah2012; All
... to raise the federal gasoline tax to prevent a fund that pays for road and bridge projects from running out of money as early as September.

I thought that constitutionally indefensible federal stimulus funds were supposed to take care of things like this.

23 posted on 02/15/2014 3:27:03 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: elkfersupper

Winner of the follow the money contest.
Motives, Motives.


24 posted on 02/15/2014 3:31:11 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Interesting. I wonder how much of that fund was used to build bike paths?


25 posted on 02/15/2014 3:31:14 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The health of the American economy should not depend on a bunch of union thugs stealing money out of the hardworking taxpayers’ pockets to build more roads. Isn’t all of that asphalt and vehicles driving on it a cause of global warming? Little Dick Trumka needs to go to jail for all of the money he and his kneecap busters are stealing from the pockets of hardworking Americans. What a punk.


26 posted on 02/15/2014 3:34:11 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Just where the hell do these A-holes think we’re supposed to get this money for the extra Gas Taxes?Obama has already destroyed the economy.Raised electrical rates skyhigh.

Now they want to kill the working man by raising his fuel taxes on the vehicle that takes him to work.These Statest thugs need to go.


27 posted on 02/15/2014 3:35:01 PM PST by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I am all for it, but only if they put the money in a lock box. /s off


28 posted on 02/15/2014 3:35:44 PM PST by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
I HATE THOMAS DONAHUE. WHAT AN EFFING JACKASS....AND YES I AM YELLING.
29 posted on 02/15/2014 3:39:10 PM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: DH
It doesn’t take 7 men to watch 1 dig a hole

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30 posted on 02/15/2014 3:41:06 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

It’s the Chamber of one world CORPORATISTS now....they see America as a cash cow


31 posted on 02/15/2014 3:42:44 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: elkfersupper

President George H. W. Bush would make history in two ways in 1990: he would abandon his “no new taxes” pledge and he would designate a portion of the gas tax to be used for something other than roads. As part of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA 1990), the gas tax was increased by another five cents, bringing the total to 14 cents per gallon. Within a ten year span, the gas tax had increased, under Presidents Reagan and Bush by ten cents per gallon, a 350% increase.

The gas tax was also no longer a dedicated tax. The additional revenue was no longer going to highways and roads projects. Half of the increase in the gas tax under OBRA was earmarked for deficit reduction, a key worry in the 1990s.

1993 would bring another Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA 93), another President (Bill Clinton) and yet another increase in the gas tax. The gas tax was further increased by 4.3 cents with all of the increase targeted to reducing the federal deficit. Four years later, as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, President Clinton would reverse course, earmarking the gas tax increase back to the Highway Trust Fund. That same year, the .1 increase to help pay for leaking underground storage tanks which had been allowed to expire was reinstated.

Over the years, the tax has looked like this (IRS report downloads as a pdf):

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2013/06/06/federal-gas-tax-passes-another-milestone-what-is-the-future/


32 posted on 02/15/2014 3:43:08 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
How do you contact this moron.

Fuel increases will increase costs to small businesses. How do small business pass on these increased costs? WTF, is this moron talking about.

33 posted on 02/15/2014 3:43:17 PM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: Nuc 1.1

Probably very little. It’s not transit or bike paths that is the problem, as much as it is under-table-graft and other projects that have nothing to do with transportation whatsoever.


34 posted on 02/15/2014 3:43:35 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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Fascism, crony-capitalism — # ‘em.


35 posted on 02/15/2014 3:43:55 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Get fracking on Federal Lands, offshore drilling, pipeline freedom, etc. online, reduce Fed spending, control the borders and we’ll talk.


36 posted on 02/15/2014 3:44:49 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: ilovesarah2012

Chamber of Commerce even local would rent out their mothers for one more dime of anticipated income.


37 posted on 02/15/2014 3:46:00 PM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Keep bleeding the sheep.


38 posted on 02/15/2014 3:46:58 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: Jonty30

Something like 30% is skimmed off the top before they even get around to wasting money on bike paths.


39 posted on 02/15/2014 3:49:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: The Antiyuppie
How about defunding the EPA and getting rid of the low-sulphur diesel requirement?

How about defunding EPA to get ethanol out of gasoline?

40 posted on 02/15/2014 3:50:02 PM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Doesn’t anyone understand the Wal Mart model? They make billions by making pennies per item.

Likewise, were taxes low enough not to be a big consideration in doing business, people and businesses would actually pay more of them.

In our local paper today, some moron was saying taxes should be 91% on top income earners as it was in ‘46. Does he actually believe anyone who made that sort of money paid that rate? Doesn’t he understand where loopholes come from, who put them there and why they exist? Doesn’t he realize the income tax was originally levied against the top 1%, but look who pays it now? Does he actually believe that anyone making 10 mil would pay over 9 mil in taxes and continue to work hard? Doesn’t “labor” n this article understand that THEY will be paying that tax and absolutely everything will go up in price to pay for it? Don’t they realize businesses are merely tax collectors not payers; we are?


41 posted on 02/15/2014 3:53:18 PM PST by rey
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To: ilovesarah2012

These people are out of their fn minds.


42 posted on 02/15/2014 3:53:55 PM PST by BOOHA
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To: hadaclueonce
How about defunding EPA

I heard today that the EPA is funded directly and secretly and that Congress has no control over this unique agency.

43 posted on 02/15/2014 3:54:52 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Chgogal
Fuel increases will increase costs to small businesses.

Tah dah!
44 posted on 02/15/2014 3:55:07 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Nuc 1.1

They built a dog run in my neighborhood. Nobody uses it. But it’sreally nice. Big. Concrete pad, fences, gates dog poo bag dispensers. Damn shame it is crumbling from lack of maintenance and no use. But it’s pretty. Has landscape features around it. I wish somebody would use it. Maybe to race remote control cars? Something.


45 posted on 02/15/2014 3:55:53 PM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: cripplecreek

The government forced auto makers to come up with more fuel-efficient vehicles, thus requiring less gasoline, and therefore less gas tax revenue. Now they want to raise the gas tax. Circular logic at its best.


46 posted on 02/15/2014 4:00:50 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

OMG!
the very LAST thing we need is USA is higher taxes!!!

(find out where Obama stashed the last 7 TRILLION dollars of our money and use some of that for your little projects, guys! Remember, much of that money was promised to be for road building... your nice little special interest area...
so you didn’t get the money you expected, you were promised...and now your solution is to raise all our taxes even further? NO WAY! Go find the last 7 Trillion, ask the White House where its hidden maybe....SwitZerland? some little Caribbean atoll private bank?....it didn’t get spent on anything that benefited Americans, that’s for sure, so go find all that money...its obviously stashed somewhere...for your road projects!)


47 posted on 02/15/2014 4:05:20 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: ilovesarah2012

I always suspected that Thomas Donohue was a seditionist fascist traitor, and today that suspicion has vanished.


48 posted on 02/15/2014 4:05:36 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: ilovesarah2012

900 Billion in shovel ready project money, trillion dollar deficits and now they say there is no money for roads. Where is my pitchfork.


49 posted on 02/15/2014 4:10:09 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

We are past pitchforks. Time for the heavy artillery.


50 posted on 02/15/2014 4:12:05 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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