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Archive for the ‘Tax’ Category

Higher Gas Tax Unlikely to Gain Support in U.S. Congress

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 23, No. 31

Although some infrastructure advocates are hoping to use the current budget negotiations to win support for an increase in the federal gasoline tax, the idea is unlikely to gain support in Congress or the Administration. While the 2010 Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission proposed raising the federal gas tax by 15 cents/gallon as part of a broad deficit-reduction plan, neither House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) nor Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have endorsed the idea.

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Is it Time to Talk About a Gas Tax Increase?

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 30 Reprinted from the National Journal’s Transportation Experts Blog, “Moving the Dial on the Gas Tax,”  week of November 12 (Comment by Kenneth Orski, Publisher of Innovation Briefs)As one senior congressional aide confided to us, “I don’t see our constituents lobbying to raise the gas tax. The only people we hear […]

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Negative Electricity Prices and the Production Tax Credit

Monday, September 17th, 2012

THE NORTHBRIDGE GROUP by Frank Huntowski, Aaron Patterson, and Michael Schnitzer Executive Summary As a matter of both economics and public policy, no government production tax subsidy should ever be so large that it creates an incentive for a business to actually pay customers to take its product. Yet, the federal Production Tax Credit (“PTC”) […]

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What do Americans Think About Federal Tax Options to Support Public Transit, Highways, and Local Streets and Roads?

Monday, June 25th, 2012

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE Introduction Over the past several decades, the transportation revenues available from state and federal gas taxes have fallen significantly, especially in terms of inflation-adjusted dollars per mile traveled. At the same time, the transportation system requires critical—and expensive— system upgrades. Among other needs, a large portion of the national highway system requires […]

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Advocates of Higher Spending Are Facing a Skeptical Audience

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 23, No. 17

“It is our belief that once citizens become aware of the significant costs and risks associated with a compromised transportation system operating at less than optimal capacity, they will feel more compelled to demand calls for action that will, in turn, prompt policymakers to act.”

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The Fiscal Implications of the Senate Highway Bill (S.1813)

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 23, No. 11
By a vote of 74-22 on March 14, the Senate passed an 18-month highway bill (S. 1813) reauthorizing the federal surface transportation program through the end of FY 2013. Twenty-two senators, all Republican, voted against the final bill.

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The Hidden Truths of a Gas Tax Holiday

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Transportation Issues Daily

It’s predictable: when gas prices soar, some people will start advocating for a gas tax holiday. With gas prices having increased in each of the last 22 days, we’re sure to see tax holiday proposals surfacing soon. Forbes calls the holiday notion a “silly but shiny idea”.

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Building a Better Gas Tax: How to Fix One of State Government’s Least Sustainable Revenue Sources

Friday, December 30th, 2011
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INSTITUTE ON TAXATION AND ECONOMIC POLICY
State gasoline and diesel taxes (often just called “gas taxes”) are the most important source of transportation funding under the control of state lawmakers. Every state levies both of these taxes.

Unfortunately, most state gas taxes are built to fail. Thirty six states levy only a fixed-rate tax that collects the same number of cents in tax, year aft er year, on every gallon of fuel purchased. But as this report shows, inflation has been eating away at these fixed rate taxes as the price of asphalt, concrete, and other transportation construction inputs continues to grow almost every year.

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Reminder: Infrastructure in the Afternoon

Monday, November 14th, 2011
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 November Public Forums at the Boston Public Library Boston Room, 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 November 15, 2011, 4:00 – 5:30 PM The Massachusetts Infrastructure Investment Coalition (MIIC) is identifying the long-term needs for infrastructure investments to support economic development and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Massachusetts. The coalition […]

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Infrastructure in the Afternoon

Monday, October 31st, 2011
Infrastructure in the Afternoon

November Public Forums at the Boston Public Library Boston Room, 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 November 1, 15, 29, 2011, 4:00 – 5:30 PM The Massachusetts Infrastructure Investment Coalition (MIIC) is identifying the long-term needs for infrastructure investments to support economic development and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Massachusetts. The […]

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