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BurntOrange
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:24:39 AM

The Federal Highway Fund has had a budget shortfall for decades, owing mostly to the fact that the Federal gas tax hasn’t budged since 1993. That alone was bad enough to cause our infrastructure to fall trillions of dollars behind, and new more fuel-efficient cars are only compounding the problem. This has Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood looking at options that include higher taxes and tracking miles driven.

Between 2012 and 2013, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the highway fund is about $110 billion short, and that doesn’t even account for the trillions in neglected infrastructure improvements across the country. LaHood has floated the idea of taxing vehicles based on miles traveled before, but the idea is gaining new traction among politicians looking to bolster ...
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RAE344
Champion Author Virginia Beach

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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2013 12:14:30 AM

This could be totally eliminated if they just raised the sales tax. So everyone can help pay for the roads, not just the gas hogs.
remay
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:56:57 PM

Well of course. The money has to come from SOMEWHERE...
Tacodan
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:23:24 PM

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SUNOIL
Champion Author Toledo

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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 7:48:58 PM

Yep, we'll never win
kkimes
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 5:16:06 PM

Unfortunately, you can't accurately predict the future. Right now EVs cost about 1/4 the cost per mile to drive over a similar gas version of that car. But if everyone bought one, electricity rates would skyrocket and they'd be stuck because you can't convert them back to run on gas. Everything in life is a gamble.
investmentdr
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 3:02:06 PM

at least we can vote on higher (some) taxes
newman26
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:03:59 PM

First they offer tax credits to those who buy hybrids then when tax revenues dry up they raise taxes. What did they think was gonna happen?
FluffyDogAttack
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:42:11 AM

Any excuse to raise taxes will do for the leeches.
mkohly
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:19:25 AM

You need road in order to drive your car.
First - come up with an estimated miles driven for the life of a car, then apply a sales tax when that vehicle is sold enough to compensate for the estimated road repair costs based on that mileage (taking vehicle weight under consideration).

This provides the government with your share of road repair costs at the time you buy the car which they then have to use wisely to make it last. (fat chance!)

If you trade it in or sell it before it is scrapped, the same tax should be pro-rated so you pass the cost on to the next buyer.
listerone
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:34:38 AM

Politicians want your money.And your obedience.
evowner
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:27:20 AM

Decreasing government services increased unemployment which in tern decreased the tax base.
We need a maintain the transportation system independent of the quantity or source of fuel.
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:55:28 AM

Have to make up for it some where and why not the motorist who uses the roads
VMIJim
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:50:28 AM

This is courtesy of the Obama Administration which has done nothing to control oil speculation, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, or improve our economy. His agenda continues to cater to his tree hugging, stimulus sucking, union dominated, ultra liberal major contributors. As a result, we continue to be screwed at the pump, with our utilities, & with our taxes. Nothing will change as long as Obama is in office & controls the Senate. 2014 Elections are coming - stop the madness!!
Tucker16
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:40:34 AM

Oh well.
amoshins
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:32:53 AM

Gotta pay the tax man either way (with a fuel efficient or gaz guzzler car)
OTISFL
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:32:16 AM

Infidels--great idea.
fuel2use
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:30:48 AM

True.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:22:15 AM

obamanomics lives in america
skempton
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:10:25 AM

Taxes are easier to collect than trying to do it by mileage.
Infidels
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:07:47 AM

With the popularity of hybrids and electrics, a gas tax only for highway improvement is out dated. How about a flat fee on vehicle registration or licensing?
majormarket
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:06:54 AM

While we can cheer that we have more fuel-efficient cars, it does result in less tax dollars going into the pool for maintaining our roads.

In a manner of speaking, that Prius or Leaf you see on the road isn't paying its share of the wear-and-tear on the streets and roads it rides on.

Since paying by the mile is impractical and hard to track, we may have to get used to paying a flat annual fee for a special federal stamp to help bolster the fund.

Maybe it gets applied only to highly efficient cars.
scu227
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:06:11 AM

Too much Government. They need to downsize and reduce spending just as everyone else.
gbs1
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:02:44 AM

The money has to come from somewhere.
bills299
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:01:16 AM

They should learn how to budget better!
screwoilco
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:00:49 AM

When does the government not have it's hands in your pocket?
fedupMN
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:58:19 AM

Sooner or later the bill has to be paid.
domermd
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:53:54 AM

That's a lot of money to be "short". It looks more like mismanagement and wasteful spending of funds rather than the need to tax citizens more. Why is it that large corporations, including government agencies, always blaming their money shortages on citizens not paying enough taxes?


[Edited by: domermd at 6/28/2013 8:55:11 AM EST]
studandbabe
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:42:16 AM

Maybe if they quit squandering what they already get
schvanda63
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:36:36 AM

Maybe if the government would STOP sending money overseas as "foreign aid", and spent it HERE at home, OUR country wouldn't be falling apart at an accelerated pace.
EnviroChemist
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:35:44 AM

So the folks who don’t have a newer higher mileage vehicle will really pay the brunt of this tax increase.
gcalleja
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:35:16 AM

They should give tax rebates to owners of gas guzzlers.
Winatgas
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:31:17 AM

Interesting, they used to give credits for buying these vehicles, but watch out for the politicians - they love to spend other people's money.
car253
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:25:54 AM

No free lunch being green.
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