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  • Oil Refiners Predict Higher Gas Prices (due to cap-and-tax, 28 to 54 cents per gallon)

    05/21/2009 7:39:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 489+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 21, 2009 | BEN CASSELMAN and SUSAN DAKER
    The Waxman-Markey bill is making just about every segment of the oil and natural-gas industry unhappy. Oil refiners would be hit, because they would likely be among the largest buyers of emissions allowances. In addition to covering their own emissions, the refineries that turn crude oil into gasoline, diesel and other fuels will be responsible for the carbon emissions from transportation. That puts the industry on the hook for some 44% of U.S. carbon emissions, according to the American Petroleum Institute, but it would receive just 2% of the emissions allowances available under the bill. Refiners would have to buy...
  • ABC's Diane Sawyer Pleads for European-style Gas Tax

    05/19/2009 10:43:48 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 71 replies · 3,082+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | May 19, 2009 - 11:01 | Scott Whitlock
    "Good Morning America" co-host Diane Sawyer on Tuesday aggressively lobbied for the Obama administration to install a European-style gas tax on the United States. Talking to Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, about Obama's plans for increased fuel standards, she began, "Why not just go to a gas tax, for instance, which would accomplish a reduction in the use of gasoline, dependence on foreign oil right away?" Sawyer would proceed to ask variations on this question six times. Citing calls for a gas tax by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman,
  • Schwarzenegger says federal government should consider higher gas tax

    03/22/2009 2:45:06 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 59 replies · 1,387+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Mar. 22, 2009 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the federal government has to look at raising the gasoline tax to pay for public works improvements if the public supports paying for them, according to a "Meet the Press" interview that aired Sunday. The Republican governor appeared on the NBC show with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to advocate for more federal public works spending as part of a coalition they formed last year. The interview was taped Friday. Host David Gregory asked Schwarzenegger whether an increase in the federal 18.4-cent per gallon gasoline tax is an appropriate way...
  • Granholm Supports Changing Gas Tax (Up of course)

    03/04/2009 2:45:00 PM PST · by arealconservativeforachange · 24 replies · 551+ views
    Clickondetroit ^ | 3-4-09 | WDIV
    Conversion Would Make Per-Gallon Gasoline Tax To Tax On Wholesale Price Of Gas Noting that state roads are "the pits," Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she supports changing the state gasoline tax to raise more money as gas prices rise. Granholm told reporters Wednesday that the state's current 19-cent-per-gallon tax doesn't raise enough money to repair Michigan's aging roads. The Transportation Funding Task Force she appointed last year has suggested converting the per-gallon gasoline tax to a tax on the wholesale price of gas and raising vehicle registration fees. Granholm says she supports both.
  • Panel Suggests Higher Gas Tax (10 cents/gallon) to Help Rebuild Roads

    02/26/2009 2:04:10 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 586+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2009 | Kate Galbraith
    A commission established by Congress to study options for funding the nation’s roads and bridges on Thursday recommended raising the federal gas tax by 10 cents a gallon. In a report, the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission cited a “crisis” of neglect for infrastructure, and also called for an eventual switch to a tax based on miles driven, rather than gasoline consumed. Raising the federal gas tax, now 18.4 cents a gallon, is so politically tricky that the idea has gone nowhere in 16 years. The tax is the main source of federal dollars for fixing roads and bridges....
  • New Pain at Pump: Gas Tax Hikes

    02/22/2009 11:08:49 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 1,214+ views
    ABC News ^ | Feb. 21, 2009 | DAVID MUIR and JENNA MUCHA
    The United States is in a recession with millions of Americans struggling with being out of work, and now a dozen states across the country are proposing tax increases. They are considering an idea to raise the gas tax. One governor interested in this idea is Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, who wants to raise the state's gas tax by 19 cents, bringing it from 23 cents a gallon to nearly 43 cents a gallon. It would become the highest gas tax in the nation. Patrick isn't the only governor considering it. Lawmakers in New Hampshire, Illinois, Oregon and Ohio are...
  • AP Interview: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

    02/20/2009 7:45:39 AM PST · by mmanager · 92 replies · 1,650+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | 7:17 AM EST, February 20, 2009 | JOAN LOWY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn — an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed. Gasoline taxes that for nearly half a century have paid for the federal share of highway and bridge construction can no longer be counted on to raise enough money to keep the nation's transportation system moving, LaHood said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually...
  • Patrick weighs 27 cent gas tax hike (backstory - vehicle TRACKING!)

    02/09/2009 3:21:14 PM PST · by Zeddicus · 30 replies · 1,210+ views
    WHDH ^ | 02/09/2009 | Channel 7
    Patrick weighs 27 cent gas tax hike BOSTON -- Gov. Deval Patrick is considering asking the Legislature to raise the Massachusetts gasoline tax by 27 cents per gallon as part of a comprehensive package aimed at solving lingering state transportation problems, The Associated Press learned Monday. Such an increase would stave off a doubling of Massachusetts Turnpike tolls planned for this spring, and finance a wholesale change in the way state runs its transporation system, but leave it with the highest gasoline tax in the nation at 50.5 cents. And the plan calls for increasing that tax annually, based on...
  • Taxing the Miles You Drive. GPS to Track and Record All Vehicles?

    02/02/2009 9:41:42 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 83 replies · 3,233+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 2-2-09 | Bobby Tall Horse
    Gas prices were too high and we weren't green enough. Fine, buy an electric car or gas saving car and all is fine. Right? Wrong. The Oregon Governor thinks gas taxes are going away. His answer? Tax the miles you drive. Tax the miles you drive with GPS technology. Think they are kidding? They're not.
  • Automakers talk of stabilizing the price of gas (be prepared to blow a gasket)

    01/15/2009 5:13:40 AM PST · by RC one · 36 replies · 775+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Tues., Jan. 13, 2009 | AP
    DETROIT - Deep inside the research centers of General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC, the companies are spending billions to develop plug-in electric cars at a time when gasoline has dropped below $2 per gallon. If their fears come true, gas prices will be so low when they start rolling out the cars next year that people won’t buy them and all the high-priced research will have gone to waste. At GM and Chrysler, which have nearly run out of cash and are surviving on government loans, the companies can’t afford to make mistakes in spending limited...
  • Texas lawmakers to weigh private road deals against tax increases

    01/12/2009 4:28:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 617+ views
    WFAA ^ | January 12, 2009 | Michael A. Lindenberger (Dallas Morning News)
    Two years ago, lawmakers went to war with Gov. Rick Perry over his push to privatize Texas toll roads, but their efforts to stop the idea largely failed. As they return Tuesday to launch the 2009 legislative session, lawmakers will be faced with a choice of either raising taxes – which both Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have called a bad idea – or giving private companies a greater role in paying for, and operating, a fast-expanding network of toll roads. The two-year moratorium on private road deals that passed in 2007 slowed but didn't kill Perry's plan to...
  • Billions in Highway Taxes Diverted to General Spending

    01/07/2009 9:04:20 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 48 replies · 1,959+ views
    The Newspaper ^ | 12/12/2006
    Billions of dollars collected from motorists from gasoline taxes, tolls, and registration fees are being diverted by state and local governments into uses that have nothing to do with roads and highways. According to the latest figures from the Federal Highway Administration, motorists gave state and local government $40.3 billion in 2005 for the ability to drive and own a vehicle. Gasoline taxes accounted for $20.5 billion in revenue while registration fees and miscellaneous taxes generated $13.5 billion. State and local toll roads also collected $6.4 billion from motorists. After accounting for administration and overhead, $28.5 billion remained for all...
  • They want to increase our gas tax by almost 50%

    01/02/2009 8:44:16 AM PST · by clyde_m · 27 replies · 721+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | Janaury 2, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    We listen to these clowns and save gas - hybrids, better MPG ratings, even air in our tires. Now they aren't getting enough money out of the gas tax, so they're going to increase it. Can't win.
  • Group calls for steep hike in fed gas tax(Barf)

    01/01/2009 7:57:57 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 37 replies · 1,125+ views
    bostonherald.com ^ | January 1, 2009 | AP
    WASHINGTON — A 50 percent increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes is being urged by a federal commission to finance highway construction and repair until the government devises another way for motorists to pay for using public roads.
  • KRAUTHAMMER IS WRONG - HERE'S WHY

    12/30/2008 1:25:07 PM PST · by andrew roman · 13 replies · 514+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 30 December 2008 | Andrew Roman
    Three times in the last five years Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Charles Krauthammer has lauded the idea of raising the tax on gasoline as a way of suppressing consumption, thus - according to the theory - lowering global gas prices and reducing dependency on foreign oil. His latest construct of an idea he is obviously smitten with, published this past weekend in The Weekly Standard, calls for this new gas tax hike to be "offset" with a cut in the FICA tax, creating a "net-zero" effect.So goes the hypothesis.He breaks down the numbers this way ...The average American purchases 14...
  • The New Year May Bring Some Changes in the Capitol

    12/29/2008 4:04:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 457+ views
    The Tribune ^ | December 29, 2008 | Dave McNeely
    The Texas Legislature is coming back Jan. 13, and change may be in the air. The Sunset Advisory Commission, by a narrow margin, recently voted to abolish the five-member commission that oversees the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoOT), and replace it with a single commissioner. This is but the latest in the continuing evolution of Texas state government. When legislators think an agency isn’t working right, the urges generally are to change the agency’s personnel; to change the agency’s structure; to combine it with some other agency; to investigate it; or to abolish it. Such it is with TxDOT. In...
  • Washington Post, New York Times, and Now Krauthammer Propose Hiking the Gas Tax

    12/27/2008 11:46:43 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 22 replies · 741+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 27, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    True colors are showing through all over town. Earlier this month, the Washington Post urged a tripling of the gas tax, taking away the "windfall" to consumers of the sudden plunge in prices at the pump since the summer. Their stated purpose: permanently deprive people of their freedom and ability to buy the products they want. Yesterday, the (soon to be bankrupt) New York Times, jumped on the same bandwagon. Yet for all the conditions attached to it, the multibillion-dollar aid package for Detroit’s carmakers approved by the White House (with Mr. Obama’s support) fails to address one crucial question:...
  • The Net-Zero Gas Tax (Charles Krauthammer's "conservative" case for a $1 gas tax increase)

    12/27/2008 11:45:01 AM PST · by Ol' Sparky · 47 replies · 1,613+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/5/2009 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>Americans have a deep and understandable aversion to gasoline taxes. In a culture more single-mindedly devoted to individual freedom than any other, tampering with access to the open road is met with visceral opposition. That's why earnest efforts to alter American driving habits take the form of regulation of the auto companies--the better to hide the hand of government and protect politicians from the inevitable popular backlash.</p>
  • Texas bills pursue transportation money, tackle corridor plan

    12/21/2008 6:50:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 647+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | December 19, 2008 | Keith Goble
    Confronted with a struggling transportation fund, lawmakers in Texas soon are expected to wage battle on various methods to help generate $14 billion for roads and bridges throughout the state. Another bill is intended to sideline the planned Trans-Texas Corridor. A report released this week from the Texas Department of Transportation says that the state will need to come up with $313 billion by 2030 for road and bridge maintenance and for congestion solutions. The report’s unveiling happened a couple of weeks before the Texas Legislature is set to convene its 2009 session. Lawmakers say they already were committed to...
  • DFU CHRISTMAS 2008 YOUTUBE SING-ALONG: California DemocRAT Legislature Is the Nutcracker

    12/20/2008 11:22:34 AM PST · by doug from upland · 3 replies · 349+ views
    I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS FROSTY THE SNOWMAN LET IT SNOW I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS OBAMA'S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS UP ON THE HOUSETOP SILVER BELLS RUDOLPH BARNEY FRANK - DANCE OF THE SUGAR PLUM FAERIE WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS LITTLE DRUMMER BOY AL GORE'S GLOBAL WARMING WONDERLAND DECK THE HALLS FELIZ NAVIDAD - The Police Nailed Rod PARADE OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS CALIFORNIA DEMOCRAT LEGISLATURE IS THE NUTCRACKER
  • Washington Post: Hey, Let's Triple The Gas Tax

    12/08/2008 8:42:35 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 22 replies · 684+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 8, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    The great thing about lunatic lefties, is that they occassionally put on their sign so we can all see who they are. Congress should enact a steep, inflation-indexed hike in gas taxes, one big enough to alter consumer incentives and habits permanently. This would take back some of the de facto economic stimulus consumers have received from the recent drop in gas prices, and it would be a hard sell politically. But surely voters can understand that, even if Congress were to triple the tax to 55.2 cents, gas would still be cheaper, in real terms, than it was in...
  • Barack Obama breaks first campaign promise by dropping oil tax

    12/04/2008 3:23:55 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 32 replies · 1,122+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/4/2008 | Alex Spillius
    During the campaign, Mr Obama repeatedly promised to submit oil and gas companies to a profits windfall tax, citing the disparity between their huge profits and the struggles of ordinary Americans. In the summer he said the tax would "help families pay their heating and cooling bills and reduce energy costs". But the proposal has been quietly dropped from his agenda listed on transition team website's www.change.gov, setting off a storm of protest among liberal bloggers and small business groups. An aide explained the change by saying: "President-Elect Obama announced the policy during the campaign because oil prices were above...
  • Time to raise the gas tax (BARF)

    11/20/2008 2:13:59 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 18 replies · 858+ views
    CNN Money ^ | November 18th | Allen Sloan
    NEW YORK (Fortune) -- The big game in Washington these days consists of running around dealing with the problems of the Detroit Three automakers, formerly the Big Three. But all the to-ing and fro-ing about how (or whether) to keep General Motors, Ford and Chrysler out of bankruptcy is ignoring the elephant in the room - lower gasoline prices. As you doubtless know, they've fallen about 50% from the record levels they reached in July, making them one of the few bright spots in our economic picture. So let me fulfill my traditional role of skunk in the garden party,...
  • Raise the Gas Tax (Barf)

    11/15/2008 5:01:06 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 41 replies · 1,073+ views
    washingtoncompost ^ | 11/16/08 | Editorial
    Energy independence won't happen if falling gas prices lead to a resumption of bad habits. THE PRICE OF crude oil closed at $57.04 a barrel on Friday. That's about $90 cheaper than it was in July. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline Friday was $2.15, nearly $2 less than it was in July. This is definitely good news for the battered American consumer. But we fear that the temptation to return to gas-guzzling vehicles, to drive more and to forget the painful lessons learned last summer will be too great to resist.
  • Editorial: Collaboration on road issues

    10/21/2008 9:06:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 370+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 21, 2008 | The Dallas Morning News
    Savor the occasional cause for optimism that top leaders can value teamwork over turf in the contentious area of transportation financing. Take the years of squabbling over how Texas can scrape up billions of dollars to catch up with road-building needs. Suddenly, there's positive movement, first from Gov. Rick Perry last week. He told this newspaper's transportation writer, Michael Lindenberger, that he would not use his veto to obstruct a move by lawmakers to index the lagging motor-fuels tax to inflation. "If it is the will of the people, and of the Legislature, I suspect I would go along with...
  • British Columbia removes tolls but stings truckers with carbon tax

    10/07/2008 7:20:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 568+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | October 7, 2008 | David Tanner
    Having tolls removed from a major route in British Columbia, Canada, has taken some of the sting out of the cost of operating a trucking business in that province, but there’s still plenty of sting to go around. In late September, the government removed a $20 truck toll and $10 passenger vehicle toll from the Coquihalla Highway, which connects the city of Hope to Kamloops, B.C., in the Canadian West. Provincial officials said that truckers were pleased with the move, and they were. “Given the price of fuel, truckers are very happy with this,” Bridgitte Anderson, spokeswoman for British Columbia...
  • TxDOT buys time with borrowed funds for Dallas-area projects

    10/06/2008 9:10:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 716+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 5, 2008 | Michael A Lindenberger
    State transportation officials are poised to issue billions of dollars in debt to help speed road construction, a move that will keep Dallas-area projects on schedule for now but will do little to shore up the state's long-term road-funding crisis. The Texas Department of Transportation will likely begin issuing $1.5 billion in bonds within 60 days, pending the recovery of the nation's upended credit markets, and is taking steps to borrow another $6.4 billion over the next few years. Historic turmoil in the credit markets is already costing the department hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra interest payments each...
  • TxDOT might be in the money again

    09/30/2008 7:43:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 296+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | September 29, 2008 | Ben Wear
    The Texas Department of Transportation, which has alternated between fiscal gluttony and subsistence the past few years, may be about to belly up to a feast again. A feast paid for with money to be borrowed, mind you. Given the state of credit markets, one hesitates to reach for the salt right away. But absent the financial Armageddon that the president and others have been gabbing about, TxDOT might be sitting on an $8 billion stash this time next year. Even in the zero-laden world of government spending, $8 billion would be a significant infusion into TxDOT's budget. Without that...
  • TTC plans for U.S. Hwy. 59 may not come to fruition

    08/30/2008 5:53:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 370+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | August 28, 2008 | Andrew Goodridge
    The Pineywoods Sub-Regional Planning Commission met Thursday to hear a presentation by the commission's president, Hank Gilbert, who said the plans to move the Trans-Texas Corridor to the current U.S. Hwy. 59 location may not come to fruition. The Texas Department of Transportation initially planned to build a new highway system, which would have been as large as 1,200-feet wide, that would run through rural areas of East Texas, including Nacogdoches County. However, TxDOT scrapped those plans in June and announced a new proposal to build the TTC along the existing route of U.S. Hwy 59. But Gilbert, of the...
  • Editorial: Texas leaders' transportation pledge is welcome

    08/27/2008 10:54:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 231+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2008 | The Dallas Morning News
    It's good to see the state's top three leaders now on the same page – literally – on at least a few ways to attack the problem of under-funded roadway needs. Breakthrough No. 1 – admitting a problem. Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick – never political chums – all put their signatures on a joint statement last week conceding that Texas' "ability to fund needed transportation projects in the future is limited." Breakthrough No. 2 – committing to specific fixes. The most welcome one was a pledge to quit siphoning off road money...
  • State Agrees to Stop Diverting Highway Construction Money

    08/22/2008 11:53:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 340+ views
    WOAI Radio ^ | August 22, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    Governor Perry and other state leaders have agreed to bring a halt to the practice which some say has led to toll roads...the diversion of money from the state's highway fund to other projects, 1200 WOAI news reports. "Implement a plan that sets a definitive course to end the practice of funding the Department of Public Safety with gas taxes that are needed for road construction, and return to funding the DPS with general revenue," is the first goal in a long term transportation funding plan released by Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Tom Craddick. 1200 WOAI...
  • Texas wants its public funds to invest in roads

    08/22/2008 10:57:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 221+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 21, 2008 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Public investment funds based in Texas could invest directly in transportation projects through a new corporation under a plan unveiled on Thursday by the state's legislative leaders and the governor. Texas has the nation's biggest road privatization plan but the legislature, reacting to criticisms that developers were enriching themselves at the expense of taxpayers, enacted a two-year moratorium. That has crimped road-building projects and led to a series of clashes between the governor and the legislature, who now have agreed on a compromise plan. Developers, including overseas companies, investment banks and private equity funds all vie...
  • Governor leaves door open on gas tax

    08/13/2008 6:20:36 AM PDT · by BloodOrFreedom · 13 replies · 113+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | August 11, 2008 | Claire Heininger
    Gov. Jon Corzine said today he is "not taking anything off the table" as he develops a new plan to pay for the state's roads, bridges and mass transit. But two prominent state senators said prospects for one option -- increasing New Jersey's gasoline tax -- are dimming. Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) said there is "no way" the Legislature could consider raising the tax when drivers are already facing sticker shock at the pump. Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) called it the "least likely possibility" among an array of options. Lesniak said those other options include hiking rates on the...
  • Lawmaker feels duped as Hwy. 60 (MN) fixes fade

    08/11/2008 5:53:29 AM PDT · by Sopater · 8 replies · 91+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | August 11, 2008 | MIKE KASZUBA
    Rep. Rod Hamilton helped pass a gas tax hike, thinking improvements to the road were promised in return.Six months ago, Rod Hamilton was center stage in the biggest drama at the State Capitol. And so was Hwy. 60, a crucial roadway splitting southern Minnesota that many believe is in need of expansion and improvements. Today, the theatrics continue, with Hamilton in effect complaining that he was duped, and Hwy. 60 is no nearer to getting the attention he thinks it needs. In February, Hamilton was one of six Republican legislators whose votes were needed to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto...
  • Possible VP Pick Pawlenty: Per Mile Tax Might Replace Gas Tax

    08/06/2008 2:37:06 PM PDT · by Saint X · 33 replies · 152+ views
    Business & Media Institute ^ | August 6, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    The high price of gas has driven down demand. Now politicians like Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty are worried gas taxes might not be able to fund infrastructure projects. Pawlenty proposed a consumption tax on driving as a possible replacement for the gasoline tax. He is rumored to be a possible running mate for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain.
  • How quickly McCain forgets

    08/03/2008 6:40:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies · 147+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 2008 | Dan Turner
    One year ago today, when the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed during the evening rush-hour commute and killed 13 people, the disaster sparked a furious national debate about the crumbling state of our infrastructure. So quickly are such catastrophes forgotten that a major-party presidential candidate can now propose eliminating the tax that pays for bridge repair, and few bat an eyelash. About a quarter of the public road bridges in the United States are considered functionally obsolete or structurally deficient, according to the American Assn. of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Fixing them would cost roughly $140 billion, but...
  • Turf War Hits Iraq's Oil Industry, Baghdad Ousts Executive Who Boosted Production Despite Odds

    07/30/2008 10:28:14 AM PDT · by Fred · 4 replies · 89+ views
    WSJ ^ | 073008 | GINA CHON
    BAGHDAD -- A political turf war is threatening the stability of Iraq's biggest cash cow: the embattled but so-far dependable South Oil Co. After chasing gunmen off the streets of the southern oil city of Basra this year, Iraq's central government is trying to reassert control over South Oil, the state-owned oil company based there. In May, Baghdad said it was reassigning the company's top executive, Jabber el-Leaby, to an advisory position at the Oil Ministry -- a move many observers see as a demotion. Mr. Leaby is widely credited by U.S. officials and Iraqi oil technocrats with having led...
  • Drive less, pay more

    07/30/2008 9:35:13 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 20 replies · 543+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 30, 2008 | Editorial
    Paraphrasing, here's how the exchange went between congressional Democrats and the president over lifting their respective bans on offshore drilling: President Bush: "We need to lift the bans. Americans are being hammered by high gasoline prices." Democrats in Congress: "You go first." President Bush: "OK, I hereby lift the presidential ban on offshore drilling. Your turn." Democrats in Congress: "Forget that. Gasoline prices are too low. Let's raise the gasoline tax 56 percent instead." Why would they propose that? Because next year, the Federal Highway Trust Fund, where gasoline-tax receipts collect, will be at least $3 billion in the red;...
  • Fox News uses empty chair in place of Dem congress critter in segment about gas tax increase

    07/24/2008 6:46:53 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 14 replies · 519+ views
    Fox News did a segment this morning about the propsed gas tax increase. They asked both a Republican and Democrat. Demint appeared for the Republicans and since no Demorats wanted to appear Fox News used an empty chair instead of a reluctant, non appearing Democratic congress critter. Great stuff.
  • Glenn Beck: DNC takes a gas holiday

    07/23/2008 4:22:46 PM PDT · by kellynla · 8 replies · 107+ views
    glennbeck.com ^ | July 23, 2008 - 13:05 ET | Glenn Beck
    GLENN: Now, here's one of the most incredible stories I have read today and I've read a lot of incredible stories. Wait until I get to the John Edwards story. I've read a lot of incredible stories today. Here's one from the DNC host committee in Denver, tanking up at city gas pumps to avoid paying the $0.40 a gallon in combined Federal and State gas taxes. Let me repeat that. The DNC would like to save money for their convention and so they have decided that they're going to buy it from the State gas pumps. You know where...
  • DEMOCRAT SCANDLE BREAKING IN DENVER

    07/23/2008 7:53:36 AM PDT · by FTL · 152 replies · 425+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | Originally published 03:43 p.m., July 22, 2008 | Daniel J. Chaconand Kevin Vaughan
    The committee hosting the Democratic National Convention has used the city's gas pumps to fill up and apparently avoided paying state and federal fuel taxes. The practice, which began four months ago, may have ended hours after its disclosure. An aide to Mayor John Hickenlooper released a statement Tuesday evening saying that Denver 2008 Host Committee members would pay market prices for fuel and would also be liable for all applicable taxes. However, Public Works spokeswoman Christine Downs told City Council members just hours before that host committee members were fueling up at the city pumps. The city does not...
  • City gives DNC host committee pass on gas tax

    07/22/2008 2:10:54 PM PDT · by fidelio · 21 replies · 207+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | Jul 22 2008 | Daniel J. Chacon
    The committee hosting the Democratic National Convention is using the city's gas pumps to fill up on fuel, avoiding state and federal highway taxes, officials said today. "There's something there that just doesn't seem right to me because, in a sense, you're saying then that the officials who pass the laws are not willing to live by them, and that concerns me," Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz said. The issue came up during the council's weekly meeting with Mayor John Hickenlooper when the Public Works Department requested authorization to be reimbursed by the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee for use of "fueling...
  • Lawmakers Should Get Rid Of Pork Before Mulling Gas Tax Hike

    07/21/2008 10:22:36 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 6 replies · 180+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | July 21, 2008
    Good-bye summer gas tax holiday. Hello, higher gas taxes. If you are outraged that gas taxes might go up instead of coming down for the summer, we don't blame you. But the way things are going, it's a possibility that we will be paying more to Uncle Sam when we gas up. Just as the country was digesting the possibility of the 90-day hiatus on gas taxes for the summer to alleviate gas prices, lawmakers learned that a trust fund that pays for road construction and repair countrywide is actually heading in the red, and needs every dime it can...
  • Grinch Turns Attention to Gas Tax Holiday

    07/21/2008 8:46:04 AM PDT · by SvenWaring · 2 replies · 112+ views
    DotPenn.com ^ | 07-20-2008 | Sven Waring
    The Grinch nixes another holiday. What's next? Roast beast tax?Everyone down in Whoville liked tax holidays A LOT. But, the Grinch, who lived north of D.C., the Grinch he DID NOT! The Grinch hated tax breaks. Don't ask the reason. It took money from the quote-unquote "poor"... and cut cash for his sleazing. So the Grinch growled, his fingers nervously drumming. I must. I must keep this gas tax holiday from coming. Then a thought dawned and turned into a smile. The grin the Grinch shows when he's about to defile. I'll take this tax break and turn it inside...
  • Dorman endeavors to discontinue gas tax diversions

    07/15/2008 1:37:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 130+ views
    The McKinney Courier-Gazette ^ | July 14, 2008 | Danny Gallagher
    Melissa mayor mailing resolutions to fellow mayors to stop state from using gas tax funds for non-road projects BY DANNY GALLAGHER, McKinney Courier-Gazette Melissa Mayor David Dorman said he sits in his office everyday and watches as cars zoom down State Highway 121, a road that will soon start collecting tolls from drivers who use it to get to Dallas, McKinney, Frisco or the Dallas North Tollway and back again. Dorman said before that happens, he wants to know the roads his citizens and drivers are paying the state to use will be maintained and built with those funds. “I...
  • Commission picks developer for I-69 project

    06/27/2008 6:42:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 253+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 26, 2008 | Janet Elliott
    AUSTIN — The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday selected San Antonio's Zachry Construction Corp. and a Spanish toll road developer to plan a superhighway from Texarkana to Brownsville. The $5 million contract calls for Zachry American Infrastructure and ACS Infrastructure to create a financial plan for the Interstate 69 segment of the Trans-Texas Corridor. "This team represents the best in the balance of local and global expertise necessary to complete a project of this scope," said David Zachry, chief operating officer of Zachry Construction Corp. The private developers' plan calls for seven new loops around Corpus Christi and other cities...
  • 'Tax-Hiker' Mike's Foul Gas Odor

    06/21/2008 4:19:38 AM PDT · by Dahoser · 13 replies · 206+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 21, 2008 | DAVID SEIFMAN
    Let the little people pay higher gas taxes. That was the harsh message for beleaguered motorists delivered yesterday by Mayor Bloomberg. With drivers around the country fuming about rising gas prices, Bloomberg dropped a bombshell into their tanks yesterday by calling for increased fuel taxes to cut consumption.
  • TxDOT will recommend no new roads for I-69/TTC

    06/20/2008 5:54:37 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 239+ views
    The Nueces County Record Star ^ | June 19, 2008 | Tim Olmeda
    The controversial project known as Interstate 69/TransTexas Corridor became a little less so last week after the Texas Department of Transportation announced it would recommend utilizing existing highway routes rather than building new ones. The announcement comes after months of public meetings during which residents along the path of the proposed path of Interstate 69/TTC voiced varying concerns. TxDOT has designated four priority corridors to address the state's transportation needs in the next decade. "The preliminary basis for this decision centers on the review of nearly 28,000 public comments made on the Tier One Draft Environmental Impact Statement," TxDOT Executive...
  • Road Repaving Projects Cut As Gas Tax Revenue Drops And Asphalt Prices Rise

    06/17/2008 7:16:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 170+ views
    AHN ^ | June 16, 2008 | Linda Young
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Soaring gas prices at the pump means more drivers are going to have a bumpier ride no matter where they go because economic pressure is forcing states to cut back on repaving projects. Americans drove fewer vehicle miles this year than last year, which means that states have less state and federal gasoline excise tax money to pay for the soaring cost of asphalt to repave roads. Asphalt is made from a combination of rocks and sand mixed with liquid asphalt, made of crude oil, to hold it all together. Soaring oil prices have caused asphalt...
  • Editorial: Interstate relief

    06/16/2008 5:54:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 306+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | June 16, 2008 | The Dallas Morning News
    Drivers who get safely off Interstate 35E after arriving in Dallas from Austin or San Antonio have a certain look of relief – like they just outran a buffalo stampede. Only on I-35, the stampede is trucks. The white-knuckle experience helps make the case for some kind of reliever road, even a tolled one. Making that same case has been a harder sell for U.S. highways along the Gulf Coast and East Texas. Drivers there can judge their own level of congestion, and they have insisted that their mostly rural corridor doesn't warrant the major undertaking of a parallel turnpike....