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US urged to consider gasoline tax increase in budget deal

Reuters -- The U.S. Congress should consider raising the federal gasoline tax as part of a budget deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year and to help ensure funding for some $150 billion of highway projects needed over the next decade, transportation and business advocates said on Friday.

"We continue to advocate that as one of many (options to fund highway programs) ... We think there are a whole range of options out there that the government can use to fund the programs and all of those should be on the table," said Pete Ruane, head of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, during a panel discussion.

The federal government has collected a gasoline tax since 1932. The amount has risen over the years, but has been about 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993. T


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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:07:48 PM

too low
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:22:05 AM

no increase
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:21:53 AM

too high
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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:19:10 AM

yep spend it on infrastructure and make it a percentage.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 5:55:16 AM

spend the gas tax money on what it's for, not everything else. There's enough to go around.
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JunGleJimBo
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:09:22 AM

If people are using the road, it needs to be able to pay for itself. Either toll the highway (not going to happen) or raise the taxes on FUEL. Taking money from other things to pay for the highway maintenance is ludricous.

JimBo
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gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 7:52:53 AM

OH HELL NO!
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tomok
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 3:09:52 AM

US urged to consider gasoline tax increase in budget deal – Read My Lips, No New Taxes! Fuel prices are high enough as it is, Don't raise them more! But, we still have to fund the repair of roads and bridges with fuel taxes and somehow charge EV's and Inbreds for road and bridge repair too.
Limit Sneeky from spending taxpayer money and operate the government more like a business with spending limits. 'Coming out of the closet' Sneeky's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, the jobs are Not here. Sneeky's economy is not improving but continues to hurt the population and the job numbers continue to be down!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
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mpg611
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 2:17:33 AM

Let me know when the politically correct Democrats and religion loving Republicans have American's best interests in mind.
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bston
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 1:02:35 AM

Tax, tax, & more taxes!
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Ken2OD
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:25:54 AM

STOP SPENDING FOOLISHLY!
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a14morfun
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:22:19 AM

But, are you tired of all the government services thatyou use every day, VikingWoman?
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VikingWoman
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:12:30 AM

I vote for taxing something people can do without or easily get by with using less of - like Starbucks. If you don't mind buying those coffee drinks several times a week you won't mind paying a little tax on them. I'm tired of getting hit in the wallet every time I turn around.
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:07:52 AM

ok
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jcurley
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:05:26 AM

A small increase? Okay, but not until you undo the BUSH tax giveaways to the wealthiest!
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:02:11 AM

Really!
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ntass1
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:00:16 AM

As a percentage of their total income, though, Americans are paying less than they have in more than a half century. Since 1960, the government's total take has been remarkably steady at about 18.3 percent of gross domestic product, give or take a percentage point.

In the second half of the 1990s, that changed. Thanks to a booming economy , the Treasury began collecting money faster than the government could spend it – without raising tax rates. The dot-com stock market boom, for example, produced a surge in capital gains taxes, even after the government cut the tax rate on those gains in 1997.y the end of the decade, the Treasury was using the excess cash to pay down the national debt. But that raised the politically difficult question: if the government collects more than it needs, doesn't that mean tax rates are too high?

[Edited by: ntass1 at 12/4/2012 12:02:55 AM EST]
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toadNY
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:59:46 PM

How about Spending Less of Tax Payer Money?
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:59:06 PM

the 2 largest increases in the federal gas tax history were under Reagan (5¢ jump) and George H.W. Bush (5¢ jump) next was under Bill Clinton at 4.3¢. So of the 18.4¢, 10¢ was under Republican presidents. I thought that party was against tax increases?
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:56:19 PM

Thanks OBummer and the idiots the reelected him.
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ntass1
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:54:58 PM

The problem with the budget is that Americans don't pay enough taxes.

The case isn't hard to make. The U.S. federal tax burden, relative to gross domestic product, is lower than it's been in half a century. Americans pay lower taxes in relation to the size of their economy than all but a handful of developed countries, including Chile and Mexico.Americans hate paying taxes. They also want Congress and the White House to balance the budget.

They can't have it both ways.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:54:40 PM

shut the sphincters in D.C.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:54:04 PM

the gas tax needs to abolished and replaced with a fair and equitable tax that taxes based on road usage and fuel consumed. A gas tax was reasonable when all vehicles had relatively equal mpg ratings, but this is no longer the case--some get about 50 mpg and others around 12. Obviously this is not an equal and fair tax.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:51:55 PM

taxing on taxing when will it ever stop
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:51:41 PM

RIght on suzmar. Your spot on!
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suzmar
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:50:34 PM

The government is getting too much of our money as it is, they need to quit spending.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:50:28 PM

Hey, if they raise gas taxes then I want my ObamaPhone - I want it free and I want it NOW!
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:50:20 PM

Lets just cut the salaries of all local, state and federal politicians by 33% and leave the gas tax where it is.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:48:14 PM

Got to pay for all that spending somehow. You want all this free stuff from the government, you have to pay for it some how.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:45:00 PM

taxes taxes and more taxes!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:43:02 PM

Lovely. Tax gas more, guns, ammo, marriage, hostess twinkie. I feel a rebellion coming. Red Dawn, Red Dawn, WOLVERINES>>>>>
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:39:12 PM

They will screw you one way or the other.
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sawdust1825
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:34:08 PM

So the middle class will still pay one way or the other.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:32:22 PM

fed is too screwed up, cut federal salaries and put them in obummercare. that has got to save at least a trillion.

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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:31:03 PM

Heck with this urge, whomever is making it. How about we send Obama the bill as he has gotten us into this major problem. If we cave into this garbage, Obama will continue to give our money to every clown in the world as he doesn't care about America and our problems will continue.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:30:33 PM

way to go NOBAMA
if you voted for him again do you feel stupid yet?
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Nothing like a politician!!
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:23:28 PM

Let Big Oil pay the taxes! This comes right when states are looking to tax us for the miles driven. We need cheaper fuel if we are to turn the economy around not hijack it!
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:22:17 PM

I remember when gas prices were low...maybe not 29 cents/gallon low, but low enough so that a dollar could get you home from a distance. If I remember right, Alaska wasn't tapped, the Bakken Shale was just stuff in hard-to-get rocks, Alberta was still pristine wilderness and Texas was able to cover when we needed them to.

What we're paying for is so that we can get these harder-to-get sources. And we'll pay more until the government has to take that near-oil in Colorado and Utah, because we'll drive and drive like crazy.

[Edited by: Godozo at 12/3/2012 11:23:46 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:18:14 PM

Good.
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Godozo
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:17:49 PM

About time. Good baby step here.

With federal gas prices held the same while fuel prices having essentially more than tripled, the feds are getting less real money for their projects. And (as I've said before) it's not so much building new roads anymore as it is rebuilding roads for more traffic in tighter spaces plus rebuilding interchanges in the (once ample, now) tight spaces they were originally built in. Factor in inflation and you're talking higher costs for fewer projects.

If those guys were smart, they'd set the tax up as a percentage of the cost - I would set it at 12%, if you want what the congressmen are suggesting you'd go with 10% or thereabouts - so that if (when) fuel prices shoot up to six dollars they're at least able to cover the higher fuel costs for construction. A higher proportion of that tax going to Mass Transit projects would work out as well, as not every place is amenable to ramps, expressways, parking lots and more cars.

Either that, or sit back and watch our infrastructure crumble. I've seen too much of that going on around this place to want it for me...or for you guys.
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:17:44 PM

How about they stop wasting the tax money they get from gas sales now.
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Ply440GTX
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:17:20 PM

The more the gov't taxes the more they just piss it away... Absolutely NO accountability!
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flyfast
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:12:31 PM

all obumer wantTO DO is to tax YOU MORE
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:09:29 PM

What a moronic idea. Gas prices go up, goods and services prices go up. Money collected does not all go to building roads and bridges.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:05:20 PM

Really!!!
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do away with welfare for those capable of doing work and give them some worthwhile public works projects instead of letting them sit around, watch tv and buy lottery tickets with our tax money...
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:02:54 PM

The Democrats are constantly crying and digging deeper into the pockets of the working class. Taxes on gas are already extremely high. I remember when it was possible to buy gas for 25.9 cents/gallon we now pay over 50 cents/gallon in taxes alone.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:02:32 PM

dhan fast
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:00:38 PM

Maybe they should mind their own business. These are those (transportation companies) who benefit directly from these programs.
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