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Would you support raising the federal gas tax to improve infrastructure?

President Trump last week proposed raising the levy 25 cents per gallon. Since 1993, the tax has stood at 18.4 cents per gallon.

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March 7, 2018 at 5:09 pm
And people complain about the price of gasoline but will pay $5 for a pack of cigarettes, a coffee at Star*****, or $25 for a "Make America Great Again" hat where the profits go to the Trump's. Shows where our priorities are in this nation.
March 7, 2018 at 6:04 am
Vickie - You are right that a high cost to filling the tank does more harm to the minimum wage earner. Of course, we shouldn't see people living in Warrenton and commuting to DC for a minimum wage job. People who make minimum wage should be able to find employment close to where they live. As for more local jobs, if we had a high enough gas tax, people around here might actually support some of the commercial development that would lead to more high paying jobs close to home.
March 6, 2018 at 6:46 pm
Demosthenes, after I did more research, I will tell you that rarely, but actually, the state of VA reduced gas tax of 0.171 per gallon in 2013 to 0.111. That didn't last long. Beginning in 2015 it was increased to 0.162, and has been there since. We are in flux this year, where the cost is changing to another method of taxing us. However, a tank to a minimum wage earner hurts much more than a tank to a six figure worker. Usage is not the only key. How about getting more local jobs? That's a unique, untried idea. Yes, I know. Another topic for another time. 25 cents is really over the top per gallon.
March 6, 2018 at 6:14 am
Vickie - Back in my day, a burger just cost a nickle! Man, I hate the government!

But the cost of a gallon of gas today isn't the result of adding on more and more taxes. Most of the cost increase from 1970 to today is just regular old inflation. 25 cents in 1970 had the same purchasing power as almost $2.00 today. Take that info, along with an understanding that the supply and demand for gas worldwide today isn't the same as it was in 1970, and you have
the real explanation for gas prices.

Those who use more gas are the ones who are both benefiting from and adding wear and tear to our infrastructure. Taxing all of us based on our gas consumption to pay for infrastructure repairs is a pretty fair system.
March 6, 2018 at 3:36 am
The problem is, other entities have steadily added to our costs via gas costs and taxes. In 1971 gas was 25 cents a gallon. Today it's heading to $3.00 a gallon, depending on what you buy. It's easy to pile on, but no one ever subtracts their take. If it were only federal taxes and the cost of the product that would be one thing, but that's not the case. A few pennies here or there would not be a total disaster, but 25 cents a gallon is outrageous. 20 cents or 40 cents a tank would still add up.
March 1, 2018 at 11:00 pm
12 cent seems reasonable , 25 cent could hurt if the price of gas would return to prices of prior years.
February 27, 2018 at 10:25 am
If you drive 12K miles /year at 20mpg that's only $150 more per year. You probably pay at least that to Sprint or Verizon per month and get little in return. If it gets earmarked and spent on infrastructure worth every penny. Do the math. It's 600 gal at $2.35 vs $2.60 or $1410 vs $1560 per year, a difference of $150. fact vs emotion
February 27, 2018 at 9:47 am
martinkus - shmendrick or schmendrick is a very apt description for our current President and his supporters. Help us all because the after shocks of this administration will be felt long after the head noodle for a brain is gone.
February 26, 2018 at 9:25 pm
The Trump infrastructure proposal: minimal funding by the fed gov't, leaving individual states with the majority of the burden - what a great "federal" proposal! Trump's administration (including the Republican Leadership in Congress) can be defined by the following word: "shmendrick."
Rover 530
February 26, 2018 at 8:52 pm
Huh, I thought we just got a "big" tax cut? Such a huge gas tax increase would eat up the tax savings for the lower and middle income workers who need their vehicles to get to work (actually everyone needs a vehicle to get to work). The negative impact on people who travel by car or bus for vacations and tourism within the USA would also be great. I agree with those who question if the funds would be earmarked for infrastructure improvement or go to congressional "pork". I don't trust the White House or the Congress to keep their word.
February 26, 2018 at 8:14 pm
Agree with MissB. In addition go back to the 35% tax on Corporations. "Trump said it wasn't benefiting him." More horse manure from the King of Horse Manure.
February 26, 2018 at 4:14 pm
Not until they give up the notion of spending billions on a stupid wall. And millions on a stupid parade.
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