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Gas tax running toward empty

September 19, 2012 by · Comments Off on Gas tax running toward empty
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Nearly everyone seems to agree that the federal and state consumption taxes on fuel are becoming obsolete, but solutions are not easy to come by.  The federal gas tax hasn’t been raised since 1993, and the state tax since 1997.  Meanwhile, improved fuel efficiency, hybrids, alternate fuel vehicles and inflation have sliced the tax revenue and its buying power considerably, and consumption taxes in general are at odds with federal energy policy.  Here’s a menu of options, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.  Click here to read the article.

 

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A Primer on User Fees and Taxes

October 18, 2011 by · Comments Off on A Primer on User Fees and Taxes
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Triad Strategies recently posted an item on its blog, The Triadvocate, explaining the difference between general taxes and user fees. The following is a re-post of that blog:

Your teacher told you in grade school that it would be important to know how to use a dictionary. Now, the current Pennsylvania public policy debate on transportation funding has given you the perfect example of why she was right.

Most people say they don’t want new taxes. At the same time, people say they want better, safer roads and functional mass transit systems in urban areas. They are willing to pay a reasonable sum for using these facilities. So it’s important to know how you are paying for what you want and need and what the labels mean. Read more