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  • Christie Raising NJ Gas Tax 23 Cents Per Gallon

    06/28/2016 11:43:13 AM PDT · by Williams · 66 replies
    Patch.com | June 28, 2016
    Takes effect Friday! https://www.google.com/amp/s/patch.com/new-jersey/lacey/amp/26541281/n-j-lawmakers-pass-christie-backed-23-cent-gas-tax-hike-set-to-take-effect-friday#
  • Christie Pans Democratic Proposal to Double N.J.ís Fuel Tax

    06/13/2016 3:22:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Bloomberg | June 13, 2016 ó 12:31 PM EDT | Terence Dopp, Elise Young
    Link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-13/christie-pans-democratic-proposal-to-double-new-jersey-gas-tax
  • It's time for Wisconsin to seriously consider tolling

    05/29/2016 1:11:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | May 16, 2016 | Patrick Jones
    America's roads and bridges got a real workout in 2015. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers last year logged more miles on our roads than in any year in U.S. history ó more than 3.1 trillion miles ó an increase of more than 3% over 2014. Wisconsin is part of that trend with more than 60 billion of those miles traveled. But, too often, Wisconsinites find themselves idling in traffic or on slow-going, bumpy roads. I'm sure it was not a surprise when a study commissioned by the Local Government of Wisconsin Institute concluded last spring that Wisconsin...
  • Tax Illinois drivers by the mile?

    04/13/2016 2:49:19 PM PDT · by Repealthe17thAmendment · 58 replies
    The Daily Herald (Suburban Chicago) ^ | 4-12-2016 | Mike Riopell
    A new proposal to pay for fixing Illinois' roads could use devices to track how far Illinois drivers have traveled and tax them by the mile. The plan from Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, is aimed at gasoline tax revenues that have fallen as drivers have bought more fuel-efficient cars. Cullerton says cars that get better mileage still create the same wear on roads, so the state needs to find a better way to collect taxes and pay for those repairs. "If all the cars were electric, there would be no money for the roads," Cullerton said. Drivers,...
  • Report: California carbon tax hikes gas prices 11 cents

    04/08/2016 10:18:56 AM PDT · by concentric circles · 14 replies
    KCRA - Sacramento ^ | April 7, 2016 | Mac Taylor
    The California Legislature's nonpartisan analyst estimates the state's pollution tax has raised gasoline prices by 11 cents per gallon and diesel prices by 13 cents, according to a month-old letter released on Thursday... Consumers may not have noticed much impact at the pump because the pollution tax came at a time when gas prices were plummeting... A large portion of the money is dedicated to California's high-speed rail line...
  • Highway construction dollars, local police protection clash

    03/29/2016 11:09:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Carlisle Sentinel ^ | March 13, 2016 | Marc Levy (AP)
    Call it Pennsylvaniaís highway robbery. A pot of money from a huge increase in fuel taxes and motorist fees under a 2013 law designed to shore up Pennsylvaniaís highways and bridges is not so huge anymore, as a growing amount is getting diverted to the Pennsylvania State Police. Now, alarmed transportation planners, construction firms and engineers are looking at 12-year Department of Transportation projections that show a fattening state police budget consuming more dollars for construction projects. Lawmakers are taking notice, too.
  • Lawmakers Consider Bills on Bikes, Historical Markers, and Skunks

    02/26/2016 10:27:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Memphis Flyer ^ | February 25, 2016 | Toby Sells
    Tennessee's rule factory is cranking at full tilt, and Nashville lawmakers want to tell Memphians how to pay for bike lanes, what monuments we can move, and whether or not we can own skunks (seriously). No gas tax for bike lanes A new bill would prohibit spending any gas tax revenues on bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and "other non-vehicular facilities." Portions of the state gas tax are required to go to cities and counties. Those governments sometimes use the gas tax funds for matching dollars to get federal money for bike and pedestrian projects. The new bill says all of...
  • Sen. Durbin: ‚ÄėI Paid $1.51 A Gallon‚Äô ‚Äď ‚ÄėWe‚Äôre Missing An Opportunity‚Äô To Hike Gas Tax

    02/11/2016 10:32:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 9, 2016 | 11:27 AM EST | Eric Scheiner
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says, current gas prices have gone down and the government is "missing an opportunity" to increase the gas tax. At a press conference in Chicago on Friday Durbin said, "Two weeks ago I paid $1.51 a gallon for gasoline in downstate Illinois. Clearly, the price of gasoline has gone down dramatically, as has the price of a barrel of oil -- which I think is below $30." "I think we're missing an opportunity here -- a 5-cent increase in the federal gas tax can really fund an infrastructure program that can help create new jobs in...
  • Transportation funding expected to fall $6B short in Pennsylvania

    02/08/2016 12:54:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 1, 2016 | Melissa Daniels
    Pennsylvania will be about $6 billion short of being able to fund all the projects legislators promised their constituents during passage of Act 89, the transportation funding bill of 2013. Secretary Leslie Richards will break the news to the Senate Transportation Committee when she testifies Tuesday, according to a copy of her testimony obtained by the Tribune-Review. Pennsylvania's 12-year transportation plan covers about 2,800 projects at a cost of about $34 billion. But that exceeds the $28 billion in revenue projected to come in for that time frame. “The Corbett administration over promised projects by at least $6 billion compared...
  • EU official backs German migrant fuel tax idea

    01/30/2016 11:51:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 30 Jan 2016 16:24 GMT+01:00
    A German proposal for a continent-wide fuel tax to help finance the absorption of migrants has won backing from the European commissioner for the euro, news magazine Spiegel reported Saturday. Germany's Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, had last week floated the idea of introducing a tax on petrol in Europe to help cover the costs of tackling the continent's worst migration crisis since World War II. "A fuel tax, at a national or European level, could be a possible source of financing, especially if you take into account petrol prices are at a historical low," Valdis Dombrovskis told the magazine. ...
  • California Is Leading From Behind

    12/31/2015 6:52:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California has given us three new truths about government. One, the higher that taxes rise, the worst state services become. Two, the worse a natural disaster hits, the more the state contributes to its havoc. And three, the more existential the problem, the more the state ignores it. California somehow has managed to have the fourth-highest gas taxes in the nation, yet its roads are rated 44th among the 50 states. Nearly 70 percent of California roads are considered to be in poor or mediocre condition by the state Senate. In response, the state Legislature naturally wants to raise gas...
  • Legislator's highway plan includes toll road interstates

    12/21/2015 12:53:47 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Lebanon Reporter ^ | Decembe 19, 2015 | Maureen Hayden
    INDIANAPOLIS ‚ÄĒ Maintaining the state‚Äôs roads and bridges is work fraught with obstacles and hazards. It doesn‚Äôt daunt Ed Soliday, a retired pilot and safety expert who loves telling stories and spinning metaphors. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm evangelist, and may 1,000 angels sing when somebody comes to see the light,‚ÄĚ said Soliday, Republican chairman of the House Roads and Transportation Committee, who aims to convince fellow lawmakers to set aside politics in search of sustainable road funding. Don‚Äôt queue the music just yet. Soliday‚Äôs ideas for raising cash for deteriorating roads and bridges include some politically unpalatable proposals, such as tax hikes and...
  • Power Grab: STIB Directly Paying Companies Millions

    09/20/2015 10:17:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Nerve ^ | June 1, 2015 | Rick Brundrett
    Most folks probably think of the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank as just that ‚Äď a bank that finances major highway and bridge projects. S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston and a member of the Infrastructure Bank (STIB) Board of Directors, described the bank, created by the Legislature in 1997, as a ‚Äúfunding arm‚ÄĚ in a recent (Charleston) Post & Courier story. But in addition to providing funding to the state Department of Transportation and local governments, STIB in recent years also has assumed the role of a general contractor or project manager, paying millions of dollars directly to certain companies for...
  • Digging into Northeast neglect

    08/22/2015 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 21, 2015 | The Baltimore Sun
    It may have escaped the attention of Baltimoreans but things have gotten a little testy in the New York-New Jersey area in recent weeks over the state of century-old rail tunnels running under the Hudson River. The deteriorating condition of the tunnels is threatening Amtrak and other rail service, but how to pay for a $14 billion-plus replacement has proven a challenge. Unfortunately, that's not just a problem for New York City but for Baltimore and other stops along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, the nation's most heavily traveled railway handling more than 750,000 passengers a day. The stations in Baltimore and...
  • My Question for the Republican Presidential Debate

    08/06/2015 4:02:11 PM PDT · by RushingWater · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/5/2015 | Thomas L. Friedman
    In a nutshell: President Reagan agreed to raise the gas tax 5 cents, why won't you too to repair our crumbling infrastructure?
  • McConnell: Highway vote 'first step on much longer road'

    07/23/2015 9:03:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-23-2015 | KEITH LAING
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said a vote to begin debate on a massive highway bill he is pitching is "an important first step" toward solving a transportation funding shortfall that has bedeviled Congress for a decade.† "There are lot of tired cliches about not giving up after an initial set back," McConnell said, referencing a failed test vote on Tuesday that placed the Senate's ability to pass a long-term highway bill in doubt.† "I won't subject our colleagues to any of those this morning, but I will say that last night's vote represents an important first step toward...
  • Road builders want 15-cent gas tax hike

    03/12/2015 10:45:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 12, 2015 | Keith Laing
    A group representing road builders said Thursday that the federal gas tax should be increased by 15 cents per gallon to help pay for infrastructure improvements. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said increasing the gas tax this year would raise $401 billion for new transportation spending. The gas tax hike could be offset with a ďfederal tax rebate for middle and lower income Americans for six years,Ē the group suggested.
  • Federal gas tax increase needed for roads, bridges and highways

    01/25/2015 11:12:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The Contra Costa Times ^ | January 24, 2015 | Contra Costa Times
    The president was a conservative's conservative. He had campaigned on reducing taxes and made it his legacy. But when a gas tax increase was proposed, it was a different story. In his weekly radio address, he said, "We simply cannot allow this magnificent (highway) system to deteriorate beyond repair." That was 1982. The president was Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately, the disrepair Reagan feared has come to pass. The federal gas tax of 18.4 cents hasn't been raised since 1993, and the Highway Trust Fund is severely underfunded. A 10- to 15-cent a gallon increase would provide enough money to meet the...
  • Paul Ryan: Read my lips, no new gas taxes

    01/16/2015 7:05:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/16/2015 | Noah Rothman
    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) promised reporters this week that his committee would not pass any new taxes Ė oh, sorry, ďuser feesĒ Ė on gasoline. Speaking to reporters at the GOP retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Thursday, Ryan flatly asserted that his committee ďwonít pass a gas tax.Ē He even had the gall to call it a ďtax,Ē which is perhaps the best indication of his sincerity. The former Republican vice presidential nominee recently ruled out a 2016 White House bid and will instead pursue broad tax code reform as the chairman of...
  • Can a rebrand make Republicans raise the gas tax?

    01/13/2015 2:11:14 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    PRI.org ^ | January 12, 2015 | PRI
    Gas prices are the lowest they've been in five years ó a welcome relief for many drivers. But now that fuel prices are falling, some lawmakers are talking in a serious way about raising the gas tax ó Republican lawmakers. The debate is at an early stage, and itís fair to say House conservatives will hate the idea. But a few powerful GOP senators are signaling they're open to the idea. Even House Speaker John Boehner, who personally opposes raising the gas tax, hasn't ruled it out. ďSome Republicans in the Senate are speaking up,Ē says Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's...
  • Time for the 0Ė10Ė100 Tax : No deductions, 10 percent on income, every person and corporation pays.

    01/12/2015 6:05:13 AM PST · by bestintxas · 98 replies
    nat review ^ | 1/12/15 | d murdock
    Under the new GOP Congress, the future looks bright for fundamental tax reform. So Republicans and thinking Democrats should embrace my modest proposal: The 0Ė10Ė100 Tax Plan. ď0Ē is the number of deductions that would be allowed: Zero. The home-mortgage deduction? Gone. Business-dinner write-offs? Kaput. Charitable deductions? Sayonara. As soon as we permit one exemption, then we must include a second. And then a third. Americans quickly would become freshly mired in the unfathomable bog that governs taxes today. The best way to handle the 73,954-page U.S. Tax Code is to go Nagasaki on it: Every loophole left behind. ď10Ē...
  • Dayton Slams "La-La Land" GOP Transportation Plan

    01/10/2015 6:31:32 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 10 replies
    KSTP.COM ^ | 09 JANUARY 2015 | KSTP.COM
    Governor Dayton wants to build billions of dollars worth of roads and bridges during the next 10 years, but he's not doing much bridge-building with House Republicans. At a news conference, he slammed their $750 million transportation plan that doesn't call for any new taxes. "The panel of experts I convened said there's a $6 billion shortfall over the next 10 years and their response yesterday was $200 million from the general fund and $550 million from la-la land," Dayton told reporters at a news conference Friday morning. Dayton also accused Republicans of not even wanting to solve the problem.
  • Hidden Gas Tax Starts Today

    01/01/2015 12:41:59 PM PST · by cakid1 · 16 replies
    CBS47 News ^ | 01/01/15 | CAKID1
    California's Hidden Gas Tax Starts today. Here is a complete overview of the Cap and Trade program in California - and where the money is REALLY going.
  • Why Is Party Of Limited Government Pushing A Gas-Tax Hike?

    01/09/2015 4:11:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Investors.com ^ | January 9, 2015 | Editorial
    Fiscal Policy: In this time of political partisanship, the two parties at last have found something they can agree on: raising the gas tax. It's a truly awful idea, and might get Republicans kicked out of office. It's shocking that Republicans, who won the last election by promising limited government and lower taxes, would in their first week back in power make noises about joining tax-and-spend liberal Democrats to raise the 18-cents-a-gallon gas tax. But that's exactly what they're doing. Suddenly, a number of Republicans ó who should all know better ó are saying they'll "consider" a gasoline tax hike,...
  • Charles Krauthhammer: The Case for a Revenue-Neutral Gas Tax (. . . and a Social Security-tax cut)

    01/09/2015 8:10:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/09/2015 | Charles Krauthhammer
    For 32 years Iíve been advocating a major tax on petroleum. Iíve got as much chance this time around as did Don Quixote with windmills. But I shall tilt my lance once more. The only time you can even think of proposing a gas-tax increase is when oil prices are at rock bottom. When I last suggested the idea six years ago, oil was selling at $40 a barrel. It eventually rose back to $110. Itís now around $48. Correspondingly, the price at the pump has fallen in the last three months by more than a dollar to about $2.20...
  • Incoming Senate chairman: Gas tax increase on table

    01/04/2015 11:52:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 134 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2015 10:31 AM EST
    The incoming chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee says raising the federal fuel taxes is among the options under consideration to replenish the dwindling Highway Trust Fund. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota says all options must be looked at to fill an enormous shortfall when the existing highway legislation expires in May. Ö
  • The cheap oil dividend (BARF)

    01/01/2015 8:10:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | December 31, 2014 | Baltimore Sun
    hether one observed Christmas or Hanukkah ó or any other seasonal festivity ó there was a nice little gift included for the drivers of this nation. Gasoline prices, in case anyone hasn't noticed, are down, way down. The average price of a gallon of unleaded in Maryland by Christmas week was in the neighborhood of $2.53, according to AAA, and there were some stations in the Baltimore area selling it for as little as $2.22. lRelated The cheap oil dividend One year ago, average gasoline prices were about $1 per gallon higher, which means a typical fill-up is saving drivers...
  • Can Conservatives Keep Winning On Infrastructure Spending?

    12/30/2014 7:03:50 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/30/14 | Conn Carroll
    It is rare for conservatives to score a federal policy victory these days, especially with a Democrat in the White House, but as Michael Barone reminds us, just by playing defense conservatives have done exactly that on transportation. Unfortunately there are some in Congress who want to reverse these gains. The big win for conservatives on transportation comes from two sources. First, when the gas tax was last raised in 1993, it was not indexed for inflation, so the 18.4 cents a gallon collected today doesn't go as far today as it did more than two decades ago. Second, thanks...
  • GOP Leaders: Gas Tax Hike Could Fuel Fixes To Bad Roads And Bridges

    12/08/2014 5:13:11 PM PST · by Theoria · 64 replies
    NPR ^ | 08 Dec 2014 | David Schaper
    Gasoline prices are at their lowest level in four years. The price at the pump in many states is almost a full dollar cheaper than it was last spring. So some politicians think this is a good time to raise gasoline taxes. Several states are tired of waiting for Congress to fix the federal highway trust fund, so they're considering raising gas taxes themselves to address their crumbling roads. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is trying to sell that state's legislators ó especially those in his own Republican party ó on raising the state's motor fuel tax to fund long neglected...
  • California's "Hidden Gas Tax" / Cap & Trade

    12/04/2014 11:41:53 AM PST · by cakid1 · 5 replies
    CBS47 News ^ | 11/26/14 | Cakid1
    There is a lot of misinformation about what some are calling Californiaís ďHidden Gas TaxĒ and the Cap and Trade law. We try to answer most of the questions in this special report. Please watch the story and share if you feel it is worthwhile.
  • Congress Can't Break Highway Gridlock

    11/28/2014 11:04:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 26, 2014 | Michael Needham
    ďI donít want to say theyíre unsafe, but theyíre dangerous.Ē That was how President Obamaís former transportation secretary Ray LaHood described Americaís roads and bridges in a pre-Thanksgiving interview on CBSís 60 Minutes. The high-profile story left viewers with the distinct impression that Americaís roads and bridges are crumbling, and politicians were to blame. First, letís dispense with the notion that travel in America is a life-jeopardizing experience. According to the Federal Highway Administrationís own 2013 report, the number of structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges has decreased every year since 2000. This same report also shows that fatalities and...
  • How did the Transportation Fund Amendment get on the November Ballot in Wisconsin?

    09/18/2014 6:35:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-16-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON Ė Voters in the State of Wisconsin will see a referendum on whether the transportation fund should be protected in the State Constitution. However, most voter are not aware on how the referendum qualified for the November ballot. Under Wisconsin State law, a binding statewide referendum can be qualified if itís approved by the Wisconsin Legislature by both houses for two consecutive Legislative sessions. According to Ballotpedia, Wisconsin is one of 12 states that uses the two Legislative session method to qualify statewide ballot measures. Extra: Learn More About the Transportation Fund Referendum The Transportation Fund referendum will ask...
  • Small-business group urges people to speak up on coming gas price increase (video)

    08/29/2014 8:21:06 AM PDT · by Signalman · 5 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 8/28/2014 | John Ellis
    Opponents of a greenhouse-gas reducing proposal that could significantly increase gas prices next year are asking the public to weigh in after being handed a political defeat in the state Legislature. The National Federation of Independent Business came to Fresno on Thursday, where it urged voters to exert political pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown, other elected officials and the state Air Resources Control Board to either stop or delay a new cap-and-trade mandate that starting Jan. 1 will cover transportation fuels. "This is a hidden gas tax that, make no mistake, is coming to your local gas station come Jan....
  • Coalition Urges Malloy, Foley To Consider Taxes, Tolls to Raise Transportation Money

    08/20/2014 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | August 19, 2014 | GREGORY B. HLADKY
    HARTFORD - A broad coalition of environmental, economic, regional and construction groups urged Connecticut's gubernatorial candidates Tuesday to conduct a debate focused on transportation issues, and to consider higher taxes and tolls to pay for the state's dire transportation needs. The activists put out a four-point program they said the state's next governor must consider, and expressed concern about the possibility that massive federal funding for highways and mass transit might dry up in the next few years. The coalition's key issues are: ēMaking certain that state revenue that is supposed to be devoted to transportation - such as gas...
  • Poll: No agreement on how to pay for highways

    08/05/2014 8:18:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 5, 2014 9:03 AM EDT | Joan Lowy and Jennifer Agiesta
    Small wonder Congress has kept federal highway and transit programs teetering on the edge of insolvency for years, unable to find a politically acceptable long-term source of funds. The public canít make up its mind on how to pay for them either. [Ö] Among those who drive places multiple times per week, 62 percent say the benefits outweigh the costs. Among those who drive less than once a week or not at all, 55 percent say the costs of road improvement are worthwhile. Yet a majority of all Americansó58 percentóoppose raising federal gasoline taxes to fund transportation projects such as...
  • States Siphon Gas Tax for Other Uses: Makes Them More Reliant on Federal Assistance

    07/17/2014 6:01:10 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 16, 2014 | DAMIAN PALETTA
    States are allotting a growing share of the funds they raise from gas taxes to debt service and spending unrelated to roads and bridges, making them more reliant on federal assistance to pay for new infrastructure. The shrinking pot of state cash is one reason why governors increasingly are in a panic over a congressional impasse about replenishing the federal Highway Trust Fund. The federal fund, too, is running out of money and will cut disbursements to states in August if Congress doesn't intervene. Texas spends 25% of its fuel-tax revenue on education programs. Kansas has allocated some of its...
  • JOSEPH GIGLIO: Let the Highway Trust Fund crumble

    07/14/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Quincy Patriot Ledger ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joseph Giglio
    The federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides transportation funding to the states, is projected to run dry in August. But with a technology-driven revolution underway in the way Americans use surface transportation, applying yesterdayís solution and simply replenishing the fund wonít solve the problem. According to the Obama administration, if the fund is exhausted, states will be forced to put off 112,000 highway construction and 5,600 transit projects, resulting in the loss of 700,000 jobs. When dealing with the government, there are always plenty of zeroes to go around. The traditional source of revenue for the trust fund is the...
  • Five Reasons Not to Raise the Gas Tax

    07/05/2014 8:12:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 3, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    The federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money, and some senators have proposed to fix the problem by raising gas taxes. This, however, is the wrong solution because it treats the symptom, and not the underlying reason for the shortfall. Here are five reasons for not increasing gas taxes. 1. The problem is not a shortage of funds but an excess of spending. For more than 50 years after Congress created the Highway Trust Fund in 1956 it was able to avoid a shortage of funds by a simple measure: it didn't spend more than was collected in...
  • OíToole: Why is Congress still running the transportation system?

    06/28/2014 9:12:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Greeley Tribune ^ | June 27, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has proposed a three-month transportation bill. Three more months, he says, will give Congress a chance to figure out a long-term solution. The only problem is that Congress had three months three months ago and did nothing. Meanwhile, Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., have proposed to increase gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon. Considering that the gas tax hasnít been increased in more than 20 inflation-filled years, this would seem to make sense.It doesnít, however, because a gas tax increase assumes there is a shortage of funds for transportation. Instead, the real...
  • Donít Raise the Gas Tax: Sen. Bob Corker's Idea is Bad Policy and Bad Politics

    06/20/2014 6:53:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/20/2014 | The Editors
    The federal Highway Trust Fund, historically, is a fund that the government canít be trusted to spend on federal highways. Unfortunately, Senator Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) is proposing to put more money in it by raising the federal gasoline tax, a proposal heís concocted with Senator Chris Murphy (D., Conn.). Corkerís idea is bad policy and bad politics. The politics: Gas prices are rising rapidly, taxes on fuel are regressive, and Americans, rightly, really donít like when you raise any kind of tax at all. Thereís no pressing policy reason to increase the tax. The trust fund has plenty of...
  • Senator Murphy (D-CT) proposes increase in federal gas tax

    06/19/2014 9:46:40 AM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Connecticut residents may soon be seeing more federal tax hikes in the gas and diesel purchased, the first hike in 20 years. Lawmakers in Washington, DC said the federal highway trust fund will be empty in a few months if they don't come up with a plan to refill it. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker proposed raising the federal tax $0.12 over the next two years to replenish the fund, however, taxpayers aren't approving of this. "That's not going to work for me. I'm a single parent, I can't afford that," said Latoya Leery. Connecticut drivers...
  • Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

    06/18/2014 9:48:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 12:17 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    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 Congressí 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. Ö
  • Rethinking Federal Highway and Transit Funding

    05/20/2014 10:06:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | May 6, 2014 | Chris Edwards
    Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today regarding the federal role in highway and transit funding.Federal policymakers are considering ways to close the large funding gap in the Highway Trust Fund. One option would be to reduce spending and downsize the federal role in transportation. That approach would encourage state governments to pursue their own innovative solutions for highways and transit, such as new types of user charges, public-private partnerships, and privatization.Federal aid programs for highways and transit have many shortcomings. Aid redistributes transportation funds between the states in ways that are...
  • California Mileage Tax Would Charge Drivers Based on Distance Driven

    05/07/2014 9:48:35 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 160 replies
    http://www.nbclosangeles.com ^ | may 6, 2014 | Jodi Hernandez†and†Chris Roberts
    Sick of the gas tax? What about a tax on every mile you drive? A new bill going through Sacramento would tax drivers for every mile they are on the road. The state gasoline tax of 52.9 cents per gallon could be replaced with a "miles driven fee" of $0.05 cents or so per mile driven, under state legislation proposed by a Bay Area lawmaker. State transit officials note that there's not nearly enough money available to fix the many bridges and roads in California that are in desperate need of repair. A federal highway fund, based on taxes on...
  • Taking a Toll: Administration wants to let states charge on interstate highways

    04/30/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4/30/14
    Ever driven down I-95 in Maryland, or the New Jersey Turnpike, and parted ways with $10, $20 in tolls? If the Obama administration has its way, highways across the country could someday be that way. In a major shift for how governments fund transportation projects, the administration wants to let states charge tolls on interstate highways. A federal ban currently bars states from doing so in most places, but the latest White House push could change that.
  • Gas Tax Hike Touted for Transportation Woes

    03/29/2014 12:53:47 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 19 replies
    WOAI News Radio San Antonio ^ | March 21, 2014 | Jim Forsyth
    The Texas Legislatureís point man [Drew Darby] on transportation funding says Texas motorists need to understand that a higher gas tax would be a more 'open and transparent' way of dealing head on with the state's transportation crisis than the 'congestion tax' that motorists are currently paying every day. "I think we need to revert to pay as your go," State Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) told the San Antonio Mobility Coalition."Nine times members of the Legislature have raised the gasoline tax to pay for our transportation infrastructure, but that hasn't happened since 1991. Lawmakers over the past several years...
  • Replace the Gas Tax ó with Tolls: A more sensible, efficient way to make sure road users pay.

    03/11/2014 7:41:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2014 | Michael Barone
    Last month, Barack Obama traveled to snowy St. Paul, Minn., the same place where in the sunnier days of June 2008 he predicted that his clinching of the Democratic presidential nomination would be remembered as ďthe moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the earth began to heal.Ē This time in St. Paul he addressed a lesser problem, one within the ambit of a presidentís powers: transportation. He mentioned the most common form of transportation ó auto travel over streets and highways ó only in passing. Instead, he hailed St. Paulís ďspiffy new trains,Ē one of...
  • Boxer: ĎAbsolutely No Way Weíre Going to Cut Spendingí

    03/03/2014 10:16:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 3, 2014 - 11:23 AM | Eric Scheiner
    While discussing federal spending and transportation funding, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said ďthere is absolutely no way weíre going to cut spending.Ē Boxer was discussing the Highway Trust Fund with members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in Washington on Feb. 26th, when she addressed various tax increases that may be used to raise money for the program. ďI donít see support for raising the gas tax and there is absolutely no way weíre going to cut spending, so itís going to have to be a creative way to fund this in reality,Ē Boxer said....
  • This pothole could cost you $500

    02/26/2014 4:46:00 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-26-14 | John Brewer
    Jonathan Kealing was on his way to the dog groomer Sunday morning when his car hit a line of potholes on eastbound Minnesota 62 in Minneapolis. "We hit some normal potholes, then it got so intense. We slammed into this chasm in the Earth," Kealing said. It wasn't until a stop later in the morning that he saw just how intense: The rim was no longer round, but flat, and the tire couldn't hold air. After getting a $500 repair bill from the auto shop, Kealing took to Twitter to alert the Minnesota Department of Transportation to the situation. "Dear...
  • Democrat: Raise Gas Tax To Make Up Lost Revenue From Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

    12/05/2013 7:21:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2013 - 1:31 PM | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) says his plan to nearly double the federal gas tax is needed because the tax hasnít been raised in years and a decrease in fuel tax revenues has occurred due to the improved fuel efficiency of vehicles. Ö Blumenauer introduced a House bill this week that would raise the federal gas tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to 33.4Ę per gallon. The measure also would raise the federal tax on diesel fuel from 24.4 cents to 42.8 cents per gallon. Ö