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Old 02-20-2009, 01:29 PM
 
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I am fine with a gas tax. I am not fine with a toll. We should have been slowly raising gas taxes years ago .
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Georgia, on the Florida line, right above Tallahassee
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http://www.thenewspaper.com/rlc/docs/2009/us-hr3311.pdf

Weel, lookie there. A bill for a national vehicle motor tax. With a GPS tracker in every car.
Neat.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:16 AM
 
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don't forget to thank the democrat from oregon, earl blumenauer, for this lovely bill:
H.R.3311: To direct the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a pilot program to study alternatives to the... OpenCongress

what a bargain for 154.5 million dollars for a study to find a new tax!
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:45 AM
 
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In principal a toll that is based on actual usage has the potential to be much more flexible and much fairer to all.

Too many times I have seen "generic" motor fuel taxes poorly administered and distributed without regard for data on usage.

Not saying that any method of supporting road/bridges and other transportation infrastructure is perfect, but the motor fuel tax is ancient and not working all that well right now. If there ever truly is a major shift toward vehicle that do not rely on traditional motor fuels (ie gasoline and diesel) but instead use natural gas or hydrogen or electric or some hybrid there will still be a need to maintain road and a 'toll'/use tax is a very efficient and direct method of doing so.
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Old 09-18-2009, 05:02 AM
 
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well, isn't that just how government screws up when they make a tax on gasoline to pull revenue and then decide that they want people to stop driving! now they have to spend over 15 million dollars for a study on what to do next. thinking ahead is not a strong government strategy.....
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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The gas tax should be raised. The fact is that heavier vehicles do far more damage to roads than lighter ones that use less gas do for the most part. People should be encouraged to buy more fuel stingy cars and not monster SUVs.
Heavier and commercial vehicles do pay higher use and fuel taxes.
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:22 PM
 
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It needs to be by weight and mileage driven pre year.
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Old 09-19-2009, 04:07 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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If it involves "federal employees" it's going to cost more.
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Old 09-19-2009, 05:58 AM
 
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well, isn't that just how government screws up when they make a tax on gasoline to pull revenue and then decide that they want people to stop driving!

now they have to spend over 15 million dollars for a study on what to do next. thinking ahead is not a strong government strategy.....

sorry for the typo, meant 154.5 million dollars for this study, not 15 million....
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Old 09-19-2009, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Toll booths are not the answer,How many millions of gallons of fuel are wasted and millions of tons of carbon are created while drivers sit a huge back ups at the toll booths even with a EZ pass (I'm a former trucker, I've seen it).
funny how our congressmen and senators are all for saving the planet unless it calls for losing one red cent of THERE money.


bill

P.S. If they want to lower carbon emissions the FED should mandate that all toll booths be removed from all roads within one year,
of course this won't happen how would they fund there latest worthless gov. programs.
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