Friday, January 29, 2010

Lansing wants to raise Michigan's 33 cent (not 19) gas tax

If you look at the media and their love of taxes, and not know how it works, you could easily fall for their lie, damn lie, and statistics that the gas tax is 19 cents, and supposedly low. It's not 19cents. That's right. Michigan's gas tax is currently 33 cents.  It's not 19 cents. It's 33, and fluctuates as the price of gas moves. At $2.65 a gallon, which I last saw in Brighton, 33 cents goes to Lansing. That makes the gas tax 33 cents, regardless of any crap that comes from the media.

Lansing and the media always ignores, purposefully in their quest for high taxes and more government, that the gas tax is 33 cents. This is due to bipartisan big government individuals who both have an interested in taking more money from us. The republicans on this side, like Dick Ball and former state senator Ken Sikkema are a major problem and the cause of why we lost our majority in the house. Big government Republicanism is a failure, both on the federal and state level. Nowhere is it worse in Michigan, than on the gas tax.

From the Detroit News


Lansing -- Two state representatives have introduced bills in Lansing that call for an increase of the state tax and both gasoline and diesel fuel.The bills -- sponsored by Rep. Dick Ball, R-Bennington Township, and Pam Byrnes, D-Lyndon Township, call for raising the gas tax incrementally until motorists would eventually be paying 27 cents per gallon for both gasoline and diesel by Jan. 1, 2013. 
Currently, the gas tax is 19 cents per gallon and 15 cents per gallon for diesel.

The gas tax is not 19 cents per gallon. I will repeat that. The gas tax is not 19 cents a gallon. I will say that one more time so the cheap seats can hear it. THE GAS IS NOT 19 CENTS A GALLON! That's only part of the tax, and I will call it out every time I see it.
Final price $2.65.
Minus - 19 cents - $2.46
Other part of Michigan tax - 14 cents in sales tax.
Another 18.5 cents goes to the feds as well.
At $2.65 a gallon, 51.5 cents goes to big government.

The Lansing elite has been trying to push this crap down our throats for years. This is the worst kind of tax. It hits us every time at the pump. It hits us at the grocery story as we pay for more shipping costs. It raises everyone's expenses. Gas prices did tons of damage in 2007 and 2008 to this economy and was part of the straw that broke the camel's back. Here's just a small list:
Peter Luke is at it again with his scare tactics yesterday. Same thing that's been said for years.


This is all based on a false premise. The false premise is that only the gas tax can fund roads. Every single so called plan I have seen on that false premise. Every single advocacy for the tax is based on that. It's crap. I'm not going to rehash the arguments. I've done that about six times already and nothing has changed.

Everyone that votes for this tax or advocates for this tax needs to be tossed out of office faster than you can say Martha Coakley. I don't care which party. I don't care if the rep is a friend. Lansing needs to get the message one way or another, and maybe it will have to take some firings to do that.

1 comment:

keithr said...

The media has either been incompetent or dishonest on this topic, as they almost never tell the full truth.

As you have already mentioned, they never include the sales tax on gasoline in their comparisons with other states. When the sales tax is included Michigan already has one of the highest taxes on gasoline in the nation.

The next problem comes in how this money is spent. After diverting the sales tax portion for other uses, 10% of the remainder is diverted for public transportation. There is no logical reason why private vehicle owners should be forced to pay for public transportation they don't use. Then, after nearly half the state taxes on gas are diverted for other uses, road contractors are required to pay the "prevailing wage", or union wage, which raises the cost of road construction in Michigan by as much as 20% over what other states pay for comparable work.

Any politician who pushes for a gas tax increase without addressing the above issues first better reserve a spot in the local unemployment line, because it'll be needed after the elections in November.