Do We Need A Gas Tax Hike to Repair Our Aging Infrastructure?

Democrats in most states are calling for a gas tax hike in order to pay for road repairs and construction. Most Republicans resist any new taxes out of hand, but even they don’t now how to fund infrastructure repairs and construction without either raising the taxes or going further into debt. Conservatives don’t like either: The federal government typically spends about $50 billion per year on transportation projects, but the gas tax only brings in approximately $34 billion annually. The nonpartisan Read more […]

Californians Consider Mileage Tax Amid Falling Gas Tax Revenues

Californians make up one of those blue states in the red. And one of the reasons they’re in the red is that they’re not bringing as much in from gas taxes. Since they’re a blue state, their natural reaction is to find something else to tax to make up for the shortfall. Of course, this isn’t just a Democrat thing. Republicans like to tax and spend like Democrats do. California has a 36-cent-per-gallon tax, one of the higher ones in the country. On top of that, the state imposes a 2.25% Read more […]

Gas Prices Down; Time for Gas Tax Hike?

Republicans are joining Democrats in favoring a gas tax hike. Never let a crisis go to waste. Or in this case, never let an opportunity pass you by. We normal, lower and middle class Americans may have been enjoying the fall in gas prices recently, giving us a sense of nostalgia about life six years ago. Around where I live, gas is around $2.05. I filled up my 2003 Honda Pilot for under $40. But all good things must come to an end. All politicians see is an opportunity to raise taxes (or, excuse Read more […]