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Americans Can’t Agree How to Pay to Fix Nation’s Deteriorating Highways

But majority want something done.

by on Aug.07, 2014

A suburban Detroit driver avoids a tire-chewing pothole. Photo courtesy: CNBC.

Whether in traffic-congested California, or in Snowbelt states like Michigan, the nation’s roadways are in rough shape, a problem that not only causes fillings to jar, but adds to costs in terms of slower truck traffic and vehicle repairs.

But the need to fix America’s roadways is about the only thing taxpayers can agree on. How to pay for those repairs is an issue dividing the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfKpoll.

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A solid majority, six out of 10 of those surveyed, said that the need for good highways, railroads and airports justifies their cost. And the figure goes even higher, to 62%, among those who drive regularly. Even among those who get behind the wheel less than once a week, the figure is a solid 55%. (more…)

Proposed Tax Hike Increases Gas Prices 15 Cents a Gallon

The $170 billion raised may not be enough to fix U.S. infrastructure.

by on Dec.06, 2013

A proposed 15-cent a gallon hike in the federal gas tax would help improve the country's infrastructure, according to proponents.

The price of gas may be on the rise again, but this time everyone will know why: the federal gas tax will nearly double if one Congressman’s proposal passes.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is pushing a bill in the House of Representatives to raise the tax 15 cents per gallon to 33.4 cents per gallon on gas and 42.8 cents per gallon of diesel.

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The 15 cents would be phased in five-cent increments during the next three years and add $170 billion during the next 10 years, he said. (more…)

Washington State Duns Battery Car Buyers

Adds registration fee to cover lost gas taxes.

by on Jan.04, 2013

An EV owner prepares to plug in. Washington lawmakers want to replace the lost gas taxes.

Buy a qualifying battery-electric vehicle and you’ll be up for a $7,500 federal tax credit.  You’ll also be in line for additional incentives from California, Colorado and nearly a dozen other states and local communities.

If anything, the Obama Administration and several other states would like to add even more incentives aimed at convincing skeptical motorists to trade in conventional, gas-powered vehicles for highly efficient electric vehicles.

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But don’t put Washington State on that list.  Despite progressive policies on a number of other environmental issues, Washington has enacted a new $100 surcharge on pure battery-electric vehicles – think Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric, but not the Chevrolet Volt or Fisker Karma.