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    Study: More than half of America willing to pay higher fuel taxes for better roads [w/poll]
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    The gas tax and diesel taxes haven't been increased since 1993. A new study by AAA has revealed a rather interesting factoid – apparently, there's a large number of Americans that wouldn't mind shelling out a bit more coin for a bit better roads. Yeah, we're pretty surprised ...

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    Report: Increasingly fuel-efficient cars putting gas tax, road funding at risk [w/poll]
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    The fund that the United States uses for the maintenance of its roads is increasingly falling short, and one of the main reasons is the more efficient cars we drive today. As fuel economy improves, the amount raised by the nation's gas taxes falls, and it is those taxes that pay for much of the ...

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    Report: White House urges Congress to shore up depleted Highway Trust Fund
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    The United States Highway Trust Fund is getting closer to running out, and the federal government is scrambling to find a way to keep it in the black. The fund pays for a significant portion of the upkeep for the country's interstates, bridge repairs and some public transportation projects. It's ...

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    Report: Obama's new transportation bill seeks funds to fix infrastructure woes
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    Prepare for a big political debate about the nation's infrastructure in the coming weeks. The Obama administration has sent a bill covering interstate repair funding for the next four years to Congress. While that might seem somewhat benign, the proposal is likely to prove contentious because it ...

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    Report: House proposes 15-cent federal gas tax hike [w/poll]
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    The cost of a gallon of fuel may go up if a Democratic representative from Oregon gets his way. Earl Blumenauer has reportedly proposed a bill in the House of Representatives to raise the federal gas tax 15 cents per gallon in a bid to cover a shortfall in transportation funding (we told you ...

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    Report: Virginia's Gov. McDonnell proposes elimination of gasoline tax
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    The assessment of a gas tax and the role it plays in a state's transportation and overall budgets has been a topic of discussion for a while, and Virginia state governor Bob McDonnell is the latest to offer up another way to secure more revenue from the state's residents to pay for their roads ...

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    Report: Bay area residents could soon be taxed per mile driven
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    As cars get more fuel efficient, they become a less profitable source of tax dollars. So what's a city to do? Raising gas taxes is certain political death. For San Francisco Bay officials, creativity is the key. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments ...

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    Report: States asking Congress for the right to add toll roads to close budget gaps
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    Governments need to pay for things, and when traditional sources of revenue decline, other sources are found. To deal with the urgent needs of the highway infrastructure system and, if possible, add capacity, states need a lot more money than they currently have. Unable to get more from Congress, ...

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    Report: New CAFE rules and a stagnant gas tax mean big deficits for infrastructure
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    Oh, the gas tax, always a contentious issue. We've covered it throughout the years but now the Congressional Budget Office is reminding us that the time has come to move well beyond simple discussion and politics: the Highway Trust Fund is not getting enough money to pay for the transportation ...

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    Study: New CAFE standards will result in $65B in lost revenue for road projects
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    According to a new study by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, new Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards that mandate cars and light trucks average 54.5 mpg by 2025 will deprive federal highway projects of more than $65 billion in revenues. That estimation is based on ...

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    Report: Glenn Beck goes off on GM's Akerson over proposed $1 gas tax, calls Volt "crappy" [w/video]
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    If there's one thing that is fast becoming true about the Chevy Volt, it's that right-wing political pundits really, really don't like it. So, we will admit up front that this story comes straight out of the "predictable/it's not news when an idiot says something stupid" file, but it's still ...

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    How the gas tax is under threat from green vehicles
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    Can Governments Afford To Incentivise Electric Cars? Live in the right part of California and work for the right company and you might be able to buy the new Nissan Leaf for as little as $12,500, as Autoblog has reported, due to the raft of incentives that are available for buyers of the little ...

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    Democrats and Republicans agree on higher gas taxes, just not in public all the time
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    Senator Alan Simpson (left) and Erskine Bowles (right), Co-Chairman of the Deficit Reduction Commission
    There is a sport in Washington D.C. that comes around like deer season every year: the gas tax debate. And stepping into the clearing this week with brown overcoats and deer antler hats are ...

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    Report: NADA chairman urges Fed to reconsider fuel rules
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    The National Automobile Dealers Association has joined the ranks of those opposed to upping Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards to 60 mpg by 2025. The dealer group says that with fuel prices still low, consumers are more interested in horsepower and style than they are super-efficient ...

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    Consumer Federation of America calls for 60 mpg CAFE standard by 2025
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    Now that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency have established fleet fuel economy standards of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016, the government agencies are hard at work on the next phase of increases that will stretch out to 2020 and beyond. The ...

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    Study: Americans prefer tolls over fuel taxes... how about you?
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    One fact seems indisputable: Americans have come to hate taxes and any suggestion by a politician to raise them is tantamount to political suicide. The problem is that public infrastructure requires funding – and lots of it. Critics of this disparity would argue that a lack of political ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #181 - Mercury, Ed Whitacre, Gas Tax and Guessing Cops
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    Click above for the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes, RSS or listen now!
    Thanks for your your questions for Episode #181 of the Autoblog Podcast. This week,Chris, Sam, Dan and Alex take them on. News topics we cover are a little more on the shuttering of Mercury, Ed Whitacre's management bushwacking at ...

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    Taxes drive gas prices to over $7 a gallon in UK, mass boycott coming soon
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    Through the power of Facebook, up to a half a million drivers in the UK are expected to boycott gas next month shortly before the nation heads to the polls for a general election in which Prime Minister (PM) Gordon Brown is fighting stiff competition for the win. Many Brits are upset with recent ...

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    WSJ Column: Higher gas taxes better strategy than CAFE to save GM
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    2009 Chevrolet Cruze - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson were just two voices that spoke out in favor of a higher gas tax earlier this year. While we took the Cato Institute's Alan Reynolds to task for muddying the waters of ...

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    EDITORIAL: Attention Wall Street Journal - Ford does not use Toyota's hybrid system!
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    2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery
    In a recent op-ed piece published in The Wall Street Journal, Alan Reynolds of the Cato Institute starts by making a few decent points about fuel taxation and fuel economy rules. Unfortunately, he undermines himself with some ...

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