It would be the first federal hike in gas taxes since 1993.

One Democrat and one Republican senator are reaching across the aisle to try to solve an upcoming funding shortfall for US road improvements. Of course, it involves raising taxes, so this first step might also be the last in the journey. Early reviews are naturally mixed.
The issue is the federal road-improvement fund that's slated to go insolvent this summer. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) want to address this by proposing the first federal hike in gas taxes since 1993, Reuters reports. Specifically, the proposal is to increase per-gallon taxes on both gasoline and diesel fuel by six cents for two consecutive years. That'd bring federal gas taxes to 30.4 cents a gallon and diesel to 36.4 cents per gallon. After that, the gas tax would be tied to inflation.

Given that mid-term elections are taking place in November, there may not be much of a chance of such taxes being endorsed. Still, sources for the US Highway Trust fund have become progressively more of an issue because fleetwide fuel economy is at an all-time high. With nationwide driving plateauing, it's getting increasingly difficult for the feds to collect their pennies per gallon.

This spring, the Obama Administration sent a bill to Congress that would free up about $87 billion during the next four years for highway repairs. Late last year, a Democratic representative from Oregon, Earl Blumenauer, proposed a 15-cent gas tax increase. There is broad support outside of political circles for an increase, but his proposal went nowhere.

Does this bipartisan proposal to increase the US gas tax make sense?
For sure. 5505 (48.4%)
No way. 5136 (45.1%)
I'm not sure. 740 (6.5%)


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      Hooman
      • 8 Months Ago
      And the unions did a great job in Detroit and Chicago. Kudos to the UAW, It keeps wages and unemployment high. And guess what, those jobs didn't leave America they went to Right-To-Work states.
      Hooman
      • 8 Months Ago
      Fat cats at GM, Tesla, Solindra...oh wait those were subsidized by taxpayers while Democrats controlled the Senate and White House...
      brandon
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why should *gas taxes*, you know, that are paid for by people whom which don't use public transportation, obviously, go toward Light rail, bike paths, rec trails, etc.? Great, it only makes up 0.025%, the point is that money is still not being used for *road* funding. The entire purpose of the tax. Either pay for *roads* with it, or don't ask us for a raise.
      delsolo1
      • 8 Months Ago
      America can no longer afford to be the county of handouts. Thanks to Congress and the Koch brothers, the oil industry gets a yearly four billion gift from the taxpayers, some even call it a subsidy of a very profitable industry. Money better invested on American highways.
        Pj Taintz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @delsolo1
        ahh yes the koh brothers, the lefts biggest boogieman question for you??? how many people are employeed by the koch brothers??? how many people to you employe??? yeah exactly
        Hooman
        • 8 Months Ago
        @delsolo1
        Kinda like the subsidies to Tesla, GM, solar panel manufacturers, costal windfarms not to mention tax free status to organizations such as the Sierra Club. Do your homework before making silly remarks. Here are some federal handouts we can illiminate since you care so much about spending: Planned Parenthood, HUD, Food Stamps, Welfare, Acorn, PBS...
          Pj Taintz
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Hooman
          subsidies should be available to all, not just the people YOU like. Equality for all
          icemilkcoffee
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Hooman
          " subsidies to Tesla, solar panel manufacturers, costal windfarms" etc., help the environment. Subsidies to oil companies, not so much.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 8 Months Ago
        @delsolo1
        Agreed. Tax it upstream. Tax the oil companies when they extract oil out of the ground.
        brandon
        • 8 Months Ago
        @delsolo1
        Oh, here we go. So, do you listen to everything your cable news co sells you? :killself:
        captainpaintball
        • 8 Months Ago
        @delsolo1
        When you mention the Koch brothers, you sound even less intelligent and more unhinged than you would normally...
      kg363
      • 1 Year Ago
      The government makes four times as much on gasoline than the gasoline companies. Sounds fair.
        cpmanx
        • 8 Months Ago
        @kg363
        Nice talking point, but completely untrue. Federal taxes account for 5% of the cost of a gallon of gas; add in state taxes and that grows to about 12%. In comparison, 67% of the cost of a gallon of gas goes to the oil company. The rest goes to the refiner, distributor, the gas station. Even if you compare the federal taxes to the *profit margin* of the oil company (apples and oranges), the numbers come out about the same.
          Pj Taintz
          • 8 Months Ago
          @cpmanx
          and ALL those people get taxed as well, so they are getting taxes from us, from the oil companies, from the refiners, the distrubuter and the gas station. now add in ALL that tax money and tell me who is making out better???
          1454
          • 8 Months Ago
          @cpmanx
          No, or they would have about a 67% profit margin. Actually, about 60% of that money goes to the holders of the land in which the oil is being pumped from. Sure, they own some of the lands they pump from, but it's not that often. Also, many foreign countries tax(etc) the piss out of oil that leaves their country. So, without actually digging very deep, sure, the oil companies get "70 %" of the money from "oil". But in reality, it goes back out into payments to mineral rights holders.
      Michaele
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want to ask all of you saying no way, no how, on a cold day in heII how would you support and fix the crumbling interstate highway and bridge infrastructure without a fuel tax for gas and diesel and a use tax for electric vehicles? This problem won't go away. PS - In case you are wondering, I'm not in favor of this and if they got it through, I don't trust them to use the money for roads. Can you spell Lotto money for education?
        1454
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Michaele
        It has already been mentioned quite a few times. Are you really saying that there is no room in the 3.5 *T*rillion dollars a year that is confiscated every year for *actually* needed road maintenance? I can think of about 10 things right off the top of my head that would be better used on road maintenance. You bring in 3.5 trillion a year in revenue, figure it out. Enough is enough.
      11fiveoh
      • 8 Months Ago
      Thanks Obama
        cpmanx
        • 8 Months Ago
        @11fiveoh
        Obama sneaks into your fridge at night and eats all the good snacks. Obama makes your cell phone lose its charge and makes your razor give you cuts. Obama resets your DVR so it records only NickMom. Obama plays golf with your boss but never invites you. And then he comes after you--in your DREAMS.
        Hooman
        • 8 Months Ago
        @11fiveoh
        Obama wants to create a European style economy where 40-60% of your income goes to taxes. That gives the Federal government the ability to prop up their supporters and allocate your tax dollars.
      mumbojumbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh YES, Please tax me more!!!! I love for the government to take more of my money!!! What a bunch of idiots here. Fully 50% support raising taxes!!!!!
        bluehorseshoe87
        • 8 Months Ago
        @mumbojumbo
        Sure, because having smooth roads to drive on that don't destroy your ball joints is such a terrible thing. $30 extra per year in fuel taxes is such a hardship.
          edward.stallings
          • 8 Months Ago
          @bluehorseshoe87
          The money could easily come from thousands of places where our government is pissing it away.
          bluehorseshoe87
          • 8 Months Ago
          @bluehorseshoe87
          I don't disagree that funds needs to be spent wisely, but you can't ignore the reality that we have not had a gas tax increase since 1993 and there is a serious shortfall due to increased fuel economy on new vehicles. People driving these high MPG vehicles are no longer sharing the burden for their use of the road. The reality today is that taxes should be based on miles traveled, but it would be a nightmare to track and enforce. Nobody knows the consequences it would have on people that do a lot of driving for a living. The longer we put off repairing these roads, the more expensive it is going to be when they need to be rebuilt from the ground up.
          • 8 Months Ago
          @bluehorseshoe87
          It's always nickels, dimes and pennies. But the real truth is, it's dollars. More and more every year from the hundreds of taxes out there. Until pretty soon you're paying 60% of your income to taxes. We don't exist to serve the govt. THE WORLD DOESN'T OWE YOU A LIVING, COMRADE. GET OVER IT. MARC
          Autoholics Anonymous
          • 8 Months Ago
          @bluehorseshoe87
          I for one would like to have smoother roads. I was traveling down Austell Rd near Atlanta 2 months ago and the surface conditions were so jagged I ended up having to get a front end alignment($89) and a new tire($170) prematurely. So to me smoother roads makes total sense for $25-50 a year (assuming spent correctly on the roads!) not to mention the reduced harshness of being jarred a lot by a poorly patched road. P.S. Maybe the should name the road "Austere" road instead since it had yet to be fixed months later after this winter's unusual snowfall.
          1454
          • 8 Months Ago
          @bluehorseshoe87
          It's not about the 30 dollars a year now. It's about the 30 this year, then 30 more on top of this 30 next, and the 30 more on this 60 the following. At some point our politicians need/have to start being better stewards of our money. Period. Because eventually the 30% of our income that we pay in taxes will become 40-50-60-70 etc.%. However, sure, it's *only* 30 dollars now, Mr. Salesman.
      evilleo22
      • 8 Months Ago
      I have an idea.. Change our number one export, OIL! to China?! WTF?!! How about you start taxing the rich accordingly and corporations. Ya know those 1 percenters. GE, Exxon, Glaxo Smith Kline, Fanny Mae, WALL STREET, etc... God this country really is going down the shitter, just like my grandfather was saying.
        Ken Mam
        • 8 Months Ago
        @evilleo22
        You have no idea what you're talking about? Taxing the 1%? They pay their share of the taxes. How about you? Do you pay your fair share of income taxes or payroll taxes or property taxes? You botch and moan about high taxes but yet you benefit from welfare, social security, education for illegals, healthcare for illegals, etc. I'm I right?
      Cut
      • 8 Months Ago
      Do it ... but only if there is a 10% reduction in congress' pay until it expires!
      EVnerdGene
      • 8 Months Ago
      Whoa Tonto. Before we even consider giving Washington DC more money, we should ask some questions about the use of the gas taxes: 1. Are these taxes used only for transportation related projects, or are some drained off for other programs (like free cell phones) ??? 2. Why have you exceeded your "trust fund" budget ? (like all other trust fund budgets - Soc. Sec., Medicare, , , ,) ??? 3. Have you done an investigation into the use of funds; and fraud, waste, and abuse in the system ??? Until you answer all of these questions; our hard-working Congressmen should not even consider your crying for more funds. sarc ! And NEVER let anyone in DC ever tie anything to inflation, EVER again. We don't want to reward inflation. Only the government can control inflation; if they were to try.
      Cut
      • 8 Months Ago
      Do it ... along with a 10% reduction in congress' pay until the tax expires.
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