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Don’t raise the gas tax

June 27, 2013

Unquestionably, Pennsylvania’s bridges, roads and other infrastructure are badly in need of improvements, but it should NOT be funded by increasing the gas tax....

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twinder

Jun-27-13 11:52 PM

Nobud, I've seen it and I love the movie version of Little Shop of Horrors. I hope a "Seymour" appears soon and kills the beast we all keep feeding, just like in the movie.

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msgjsheets

Jun-27-13 9:18 PM

Most people don't realize that heavy trucks also pay high registration fees and fuel tax permits, especially if they travel interstate. I believe the amount of fuel tax per gallon is also higher on diesel, the primary fuel of the large trucks. The problem with the one size fits all problems philosophy of big government is that when it becomes too large and involved in too many areas it cannot become efficient at anything, including it's core responsibilities such as infrastructure.

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nobud74

Jun-27-13 7:25 PM

twinder, with the vast amounts of taxes that we all pay outside of income taxes, one would think the govt could get by but it is so inefficient and so bloated it can't get by no matter how much you feed it. We can feed the beast every nickle we make and it will continue to want more. Did you ever see Little Shop of Horrors? I always hear the Audrey II, "Feed Me!"

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twinder

Jun-27-13 4:41 PM

Search for fuel taxes on electric cars and you might be surprised to see that many states are now considering new taxes on electric and hybrid cars to offset the lost revenue from unpurchased fuel. One state was considering a registration surcharge on electric and hybrid vehicles of at least $500 per year. Once again, politicians, from both sides, have pushed for, and backed, something that is supposed to be 'good' for us all without thinking it through. Some states are considering a mileage tax where you would pay a fee based upon how miles your vehicle travels on the roads each year. Look for it, it's an interesting read and is on several sites.

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eriklatranyi

Jun-27-13 3:25 PM

Commercial trucks use more fuel, hence, they pay more taxes.

But the liberal answer is always raising taxes.

Does anyone notice that no liberal-designed program can be sustained at a particular tax rate?

Population increases. The number of cars increases. Revenue from fuel increases.

But none of this keeps pace with how fast the irresponsible politicians spend it.

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nobud74

Jun-27-13 12:13 PM

phil, twinder, excellent points. And I, too, would not be surprised if taxes designated for infrastructure maintenance are siphoned off for "worthy" projects. (Sarcasm)

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Zippie

Jun-27-13 12:10 PM

Does the current gas tax go towards maintance and supplies for the roads or SALARIES and WAGES?

Is there a road use tax on electric (and partial electric) vehicles as well as natural gas ones?

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twinder

Jun-27-13 11:51 AM

Maybe you all should look into the taxes paid by those large corporate trucks on the roads. They do pay a large amount of taxes for using the roads. You have fuel taxes, over the road taxes, axle taxes, weight taxes, increased registration costs, etc. etc. A plain tandem axle (10 wheel) dump truck pays $1000 per year just for registration and then pays all the other taxes that are piled onto a "corporate" or small business truck. Just where has all the money gone that gets collected every year?

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philunderwood

Jun-27-13 11:29 AM

A surcharge on fuel is the proper way of supporting our road and highway infrastructure because those who use it pay for it. In a sense it’s progressive because the ones using the roads the most buy the most fuel. Gunny and Chuck are correct that fuel taxes should only go to the support of infrastructure and I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that’s not the case.

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CMReeder

Jun-27-13 10:34 AM

Steeler you have your head up your butt and enigma falls back on it must the musings of a leftist and therefore is unable to debate anything.

GysgtUSMC, You would have to look at who is on the commisssion and how they came to be on it. Also I am not sure the turnpike commission gets the state tax for gasoline. At least not all of it.

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GysgtUSMC

Jun-27-13 9:42 AM

Mr. Reeder: My concern is this; is the money raise from taxes on gasoline truly going towards infrastructure as it was designed to do.

My thoughts exactly but if I was a betting man I would say no. Look how the turnpike commission has been abusing funds for years.

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enigma

Jun-27-13 9:19 AM

It's no secret that David is clueless; at least not after this letter. I don't think that the gas tax should be raised either, but his reasons are all wrong. Unfortunately, the left believes all this stuff and won't entertain reasoned debate so I won't waste my time.

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SteelerFan

Jun-27-13 8:44 AM

Chuck: 'Building infrastructure is cheap maintaining it is expensive.'

As someone would say. Drink!!

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SteelerFan

Jun-27-13 8:43 AM

Faust: 'Unfortunately, Pennsylvania doesn't have a progressive income tax so the alternative is to raise the state's personal flat-rate income tax and the tax on corporate profits.'

Typical liberal answer to everything.

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CMReeder

Jun-27-13 8:36 AM

I do agree with one aspect, larger transport vehicles do cause more wear and tear. There is a disparity here that should be addressed or maybe construct more resistant infrastructure.

Can anyone explain how it is cost effecient to construction and repairs on road surfaces one year and then next dig it all up to lay sewer/water infrastructure.

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CMReeder

Jun-27-13 8:31 AM

Believe it or not I did not like the letter much either. Everyone uses infrastructure.

My concern is this; is the money raise from taxes on gasoline truly going towards infrastructure as it was designed to do.

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nobud74

Jun-27-13 7:56 AM

It sounds like the author believes he would not be impacted by a progressive income tax and so that would be a good route. He also readily admits that commercial vehicles are at the root of all transportation infrastructure rot but conveniently forgets that so many are employed because of those vehicles. I guess his personal vehicle must float above the pavement so as not to damage it.

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BillTriumph

Jun-27-13 7:48 AM

Always entertained by the "tax the wealthy big corporations" naïveté. As if this expense is just absorbed and never passed onto consumers. We certainly should be able to understand that Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Amazon, and every home delivery service will pass the burden onto us, the consumer. From phone service, cable tv, to electrical power supply, all those taxes end up on YOUR bill.

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CMReeder

Jun-27-13 7:29 AM

Building infrastructure is cheap maintaining it is expensive.

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wwhickok

Jun-27-13 6:33 AM

Frankly, gas already costs about $2 more than it should. There isn't any other reason needed for not raising gas tax.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jun-27-13 5:57 AM

If you have a little car that gets better gas mileage, you travel more miles on the road per gallon of gas and for the amount of tax dollars that you pay. Your miles per tax dollar is more. That is a progressive tax.

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