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BurntOrange

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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:12:35 AM

A great tax debate is breaking out in state capitals from Vermont to Texas: How do we maintain and expand our vital-but-aging networks of roads, bridges and urban transit systems?

For nearly a century, the nation has funded projects primarily with revenue from gasoline taxes. But the gasoline tax has lost its value over the past decade. Changes in fuel-saving automotive technology and driving habits are resulting in less revenue to repair crumbling bridges, repave highways or upgrade buses and trains.

During the same time, many states have been loath to raise the tax. Sixteen states haven't raised gasoline taxes in 20 years or more, according to the policy think tank Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

So year after year, states have seen money for transportation slow ...
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bston
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 2:53:39 PM

Many roads are in sad shape.
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 8:04:35 AM

it needs to be reworked on a state and federal level.
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dodsworth
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 7:40:58 PM

Once upon a time, someone told me paying my bills should be a time of thanksgiving because I actually have the money to do it. Yes. That's right. Similarly, although I don't like "pork," waste, and redirecting funds for something other than its original stated purpose, I am willing to pay for the infrastructures and services that are so important in my life.
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CityCouponer
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 4:03:08 PM

Hmmm...
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PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 3:10:24 PM

Maybe less spending? Instead of increased taxes?
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WalkingWV
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 3:05:28 PM

Never takes them very long when it comes to their money.
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BIGALRPH
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 2:47:14 PM

Because we are driving more fuel efficient autos, now the States want taxes increased? States are even considering charging a road tax fee based on miles traveled using GPS units. The better we save today will only allow someone else to empty our pockets later!
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HorizonChaser
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 2:41:52 PM

If they'd allocate it as they should, then there wouldn't be this problem.
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VomVom
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 2:06:30 PM

This is universal everywhere. Politicians have been re-directing gasoline tax funds to the general account and other politically motivated purposes. We all deserve the politicians we voted in. So pay up. Just like the FRAM commercial; pay me now or pay me later. But paying later is going to be a lot more expensive. Without proper roads and infrastructure, we can't survive in N America.
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:58:21 AM

Join the crowd.
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mkohly
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:56:58 AM

As cars get lighter (and therefore more efficient), don't they do *LESS* damage than the heavier vehicles they replace?

Doesn't this mean the need to do repairs should slow down?

Bicycles also use the infrastructure...., do they pay anything to maintain it, or is their impact too small to be included?
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mkohly
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:51:05 AM

This is how government spending has gotten out of hand:

"The Legislature is considering a bill that would rededicate all motor vehicle taxes for transportation. Currently, the money also goes to education and other non-infrastructure expenditures."

[Edited by: mkohly at 1/25/2013 11:51:32 AM EST]
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TripleHs
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:29:20 AM

make them more fair
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:53:15 AM

NC has been on auto increase since the 90's Buckeye
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YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:33:28 AM

What is this garbage about it being the fault of welfare and aliens! That is just stupid talk.

Infrastructure, as I have said often on this site, is expensive and we will need to pay the costs now or later. That means higher taxes on both users and the general population--which benefits from having a solid transportation network.
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MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 9:35:51 AM

The real truth is more money is being wasted on illegal aliens & wefare.
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doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 9:05:05 AM

If tweaking means reducing the fuel taxes, by all means... have at it as long as it does not mean the per mile tax replaces it.

[Edited by: doeslayersr at 1/25/2013 9:06:28 AM EST]
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Buckeyee
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 9:03:49 AM

You can thank the democratic party in Maine for the outrageous gas tax since THEY tied the tax to automatically raise every year. Too bad they waist the revenue on welfare programs that buy them more votes, instead of repairing the roads and bridges. Hey, that is what " The One " does too, Chicago style !!
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ErnieK9LO
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 9:03:48 AM

How much more can we take. Raxes are way too high.
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mainenightowl
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:55:05 AM

According to this article Maine has one of the most expensive gas taxes in the country & our tax was hiked just a year ago. Maybe we should get rid of (or at least cut) our gas tax & maybe gas here would actually be halfway affordable (more like $3.00-$3.20/gal). We already pay tolls on 109 miles of highway operated by the Maine Turnpike Authority to maintain that road. My biggest gripe is that we pay such a high gas tax (31.5 cents/gal) and our roads are still in deplorable condition.
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Buck_on_Bass
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:49:24 AM

Taxes should have increased over the years as the the costs of maintenance and construction had risen over the years. This would address many issues but we have become a society that is unwilling to pay for services and programs that we benefit from.
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Skunk63
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:44:18 AM

Tax something more and people will buy less. Is that the answer?
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:42:09 AM

cuts would be much better for us
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lcleveland
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:28:58 AM

of course more taxes
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BigRedVTX
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:24:59 AM

As with most institutions of political action, State Governments run their states better (for the most part) than the Federal Government runs them all.
Virginia has a good idea, but it lacks enthusiasm in the houses for the most part.
And the push to increase mileage and decrease emissions has pushed these taxes to the limit when utilizing them for repairs and modifications for the roads.
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skempton
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:18:52 AM

Should have done it when gas was less than $1 per gallon.
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roadrunnerMO
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:17:18 AM

Certainly labor to fix highways is no lower so states will have to raise taxes a little at a time.
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MidNJ
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:16:53 AM

New technology (like 100+ MPG cars) will mean gas tax laws will be tweaked.
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