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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

That Didn’t Take Long

At the beginning of 2015, Americans enjoyed a sharp drop in gas prices, which dropped below $2 a gallon in many areas of our country. But it did not take long for tax-and-spend Democrats in Congress to call for increasing the federal tax on gasoline, which is already a massive 18.4 cents per gallon. Americans are overwhelmingly against the idea of increasing taxes on gasoline. A poll taken by Freedom Partners of Arlington, Virginia, reported that 68% of Americans oppose paying higher taxes on their gasoline. This overwhelming majority of Americans oppose increasing the gasoline tax even if the funds raised would be spent on building or improving roads. Only 21% felt that the recent decline in gas prices made the time right for adding taxes to improve our nation’s infrastructure.

Gasoline is taxed by the states, also, some much more than others. California has a massive new tax on gasoline that started at an increase of about 12 cents per gallon, and could go as high as 75 cents per gallon based on the liberal theory of climate change. California is extending its version of “cap and trade” to automobiles, in order to try to cut carbon emissions. The amount of the new California gasoline tax will fluctuate based on market prices for pollution.

In other states, such as Maryland, there is an automatic increase in gasoline taxes. Maryland’s new Republican Governor Larry Hogan, who defeated the Democratic Lieutenant Governor in a big political upset last November, has called for the repeal of the automatic increases in gasoline taxes there. Maine and Wisconsin have already repealed their automatic hikes in taxes on gasoline. On average, nearly 50 cents of the cost of a gallon of gasoline is taxes, including federal and state. As gasoline prices dipped below $2 a gallon, more than a quarter of the cost of the gasoline is taxes, and most people think that is too much.

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