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    Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

    i am not against the tax increase on gas because its needed but what we need to do is to have all tax dollars go into the general fund to pay for the needs of the country in stead of having a tax to fund this or that(SS and medicare are other examples).

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress' struggle to pay for highway and transit programs.

    The plan offered by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would raise the 18.4-cents-a-gallon federal gas tax and 24.4-cents-a- gallon diesel tax by 12 cents each over the next two years, and then index the taxes to keep pace with inflation.

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    Re: Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

    The only problem with this is the same one California and Oregon have. Raise the gas taxes to pay for road maintenance - people react by driving less and buying less gas - before too long the revenue generated drops and they need to raise the gas tax again. Rinse, repeat.

    Not to mention it disproportionately affects the poor.

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    Re: Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

    More taxes? Hell no.

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    Re: Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    The only problem with this is the same one California and Oregon have. Raise the gas taxes to pay for road maintenance - people react by driving less and buying less gas - before too long the revenue generated drops and they need to raise the gas tax again. Rinse, repeat.

    Not to mention it disproportionately affects the poor.
    if it is phased in over several years(3-4 cents per year), people will not notice.
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    Re: Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

    Quote Originally Posted by mtm1963 View Post
    if it is phased in over several years(3-4 cents per year), people will not notice.
    The poor who manage transport on an extremely thin margin will.

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    Re: Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

    Quote Originally Posted by JayDubya View Post
    More taxes? Hell no.
    you have to maintain the roads/bridges we travel on.

    what we need to do is to STOP building more of them and take care of the existing infrastructure.
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    Re: Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    The poor who manage transport on an extremely thin margin will.
    look at it as a price increase due to the price of oil going up.

    12 cents is a small increase when you consider the spike of gas prices back in the mid 2000's when that price went to nearly $5 a gallon in some places.
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    Re: Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

    What are the federal gas taxes currently being collected being spent on?
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    Re: Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

    Quote Originally Posted by mtm1963 View Post
    look at it as a price increase due to the price of oil going up.

    12 cents is a small increase when you consider the spike of gas prices back in the mid 2000's when that price went to nearly $5 a gallon in some places.
    Once again you're raising the floor and a bunch of people now fall into the basement. This is precisely why we have a graduated income tax, because SCOTUS ruled the previous excise taxes disproportionately affected the poor.

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    Re: Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    What are the federal gas taxes currently being collected being spent on?
    for the purpose of tax, road infrastructure.
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