Monday, January 15, 2007

Gas Tax increase? Hell No!

From the Argus

A coalition of business, labor, local government and transportation organizations are gearing up for a push to find more money for Michigan's roads in 2007, possibly from an increase in the gasoline tax.

The group hasn't settled on a concrete proposal, but one idea is to raise the per-gallon gas tax, currently at 19 cents, 9 cents over the next three years, or 3 cents per year.

I think there needs to be a "tax me more" fund - paid for by all the people who want to be generous with other people's money. We already have one of the higher gas prices in the country.


Day said...

I am acutally sick of hearing about the roads. I drive all over and am only on really bad roads once in a great while. The last thing we need is another tax hike.

Pogo said...

I'm generally opposed to tax increases but I do believe in self-funding for things like roads, airports, parks, etc . . .

I MIGHT be willing to support a gas tax increase IF:

1) A good case with lots of proof of need can be put together;
2) The state is banned from using money in the road fund for anything else, including transfers into the general fund or for that great boondoggle, public transportation.
3) The state is required to spread the money around the state roughly in proportion to the distribution of population to prevent political leaders like Granholm from pouring all the highway money into areas that voted heavily for her.