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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.

    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