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Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase



Published: Wed, June 18, 2014 @ 2:10 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan today 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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1billdog1(1804 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

"And then index the taxes to keep up with inflation." So a continued increase in tax. The amazing part of these increases is they always increase, yet the gooberment always tells those on SS that inflation is flat or around 1 to 1.5%. Then when it comes increasing a tax it is always around 5% because of inflation. Gooberment has just gotten to big.

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22muchtax(418 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

These congressman and senators vote for this and screw the people while then have golden pensions and awesome perks and benefits! Vote them all out starting with Congresman Ryan!

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3steivo(540 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Bob Corker needs tea partied.

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4redeye1(4712 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Why don't they just call it what it really is a "PORK TAX " to help these idiots to get their pet projects going in their areas so that the unions will keep voting them in. I have said before IT"S TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE IN OUR GOVERNMENT. These people must think money grows on trees or something. Most people today can't afford the prices of gas now.. Why aren't they working on something to make us energy independent. Like the pipe line But No!!, that just might take some real work. to get it done.

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5city_resident(513 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Anything that will makes roads less subsidized is good.

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6redeye1(4712 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

City resident Just what do you think this new tax is? A gift from the car and truck drivers of America. It's a damn highway subsided . . That's what it is! . I now know why thugstown hasn
t progress, it's people like you . Here's a question for I hope it isn't too hard to understand.. If they pass this new tax do you think food and other goods prices will go up? YES or NO !!

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7DontBanThisDrone(547 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

80-90% of all government revenue goes straight to payroll, so it stands to reason that 80-90% of any new revenue is going straight to payroll.

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8NoBS(2013 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

I propose that if more money is needed to pay for "highway and transit programs" that money comes from Congress's pay.

And they must have rocks in their head if they want an ever-increasing tax. Can they not see that leads to a time when nobody will be able to afford a gallon of gas, just because of the tax burden??

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