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Posts Tagged ‘Gas tax’

The Gas Tax and Some Fresh Thoughts on How to Pay For Transportation

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 26, No. 1
With gasoline prices at a five year low, isn’t this the perfect time to raise the federal gas tax? A growing chorus of voices including several infuential Republican Senators — John Thune (R-SD), Bob Corker (R-TN) Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT)—seem to think so. So does the Washington Post and the New York Times. “Now is the best time Washington has seen in years to raise the federal gas tax,” a Post editorial said. “A modest increase in the gas tax would hardly be noticeable to most Americans,” echoed the New York Times…President Obama isn’t so sure.

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Gas Taxes and User Fees Pay for Only Half of State and Local Roads

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Table 1: User Fees and User Taxes as a Percent of State-Local Transportation Spending, 2011

The lion’s share of transportation funding should come from user fees (amounts a user pays directly for a service the user receives, such as tolls) and user taxes (amounts a user pays, based on usage, for transportation, such as fuel and motor vehicle license taxes).[2] When road funding comes from a mix of tolls and gasoline taxes, the people that use the roads bear a sizeable portion of the cost. By contrast, funding transportation out of general revenue makes roads “free,” and consequently, overused or congested—often the precise problem transportation spending programs are meant to solve.

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A Credible Funding Solution for Transportation

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 6
As we have argued in recent columns, no one disputes President Obama’s and the infrastructure advocates’ claim that some of America’s transportation facilities, are reaching the limit of their useful life and need reconstruction. Nor does any one disagree about the need to expand infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Robbie Diamond, Founder, President & CEO, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE)

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Robbie Diamond is the Founder, President and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). In 2006, he came together with Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, and General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps, to form SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council, a group of prominent business leaders […]

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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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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

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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Interactive Map: Taxed at the Pump

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Autobloggreen has put together an interactive map detailing the amount of money a consumer is charged in taxes whenever they fill up at the pump. With a 70 cents  per gallon tax on gasoline, Connecticut ranks highest among the 50 states, while Alaska ranks lowest with a 26.4 cents per gallon. “…gas tax is – […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Ethan Pollack, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Institute

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Ethan Pollack joined the Economic Policy Institute in July 2008. Prior to joining EPI, he worked at the Office of Management and Budget and the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. His areas of interest include public investment, fiscal policy, transportation, and budget and tax policy. His work has been used in numerous publications, and he has appeared as a guest on CNN, Fox News, BBC World News, Canada TV, Russia Today, and WNYC.

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