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Virginia may start an end to gas taxes

Washington Times -- With states across the country facing growing mismatches between their gas-tax revenues and the bills they face to build and repair roads and bridges, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal to junk the state’s gas tax altogether — coupled with an increase in the state’s sales tax rate — represents a radical turn.

All 50 states have gas taxes, which provide about 40% of highway funds — but many are scrambling in the face of a fiscal squeeze: With modern cars getting more MPG and Americans on average driving 6% less miles per year than they did a decade ago, the traditional tax on gas at the pump isn’t bringing in what it once did, even as the nation’s infrastructure bills increase.

Pro-tax liberals..object to the governor’s proposed tax on vehicles that run on electricity or natural gas,


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Submitted Jan 31, 2013 By: DellDude2
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 8:09:45 AM

VA can't do w/out. Heck, it can't do w/out super high taxes b/c it doesn't know how to conserve what's coming in.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 5:59:23 AM

Funny how little folks know history... income tax is 100 years this year. And it's there b/c ppl clamored for it. Thank your grand and greatgrandfathers for that tax burden.
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dlemma
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 8:52:28 PM

hey - reduce taxes - the economy goes GREAt!
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virostek
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 6:40:53 AM

OK.
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 2:20:09 AM

end all taxes
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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 2:14:38 AM

Just raise the gas tax.
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NedW
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 1:09:47 AM

Thank you for submitting this article, DellDude2.
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AnObserver
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:51:33 AM

McDonnell has flip-flopped before on abortion rights and redistricting - watch him do it again when he realizes that he will be cutting a major state revenue source.
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Bezalel
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:41:20 AM

They were just talking about raising them for the poor, i.e. per mile tax. That means that a person who has a 30 mpg aveo pays same tax as someone driving a 2 mpg motor home!
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mrreferee
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:41:04 AM

seems to be a touchy subject among us. too bad those who have no fear of bills are making our tax amounts for us....
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Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:33:13 AM

Dear Jkpsr... raising taxes is the answer... REALLY! That will further REPRESS the economy. Taxing more kills the golden goose, remember that story... I'm sure you do! Please don't take my comments wrong. I respect your opinion, it just doesn't make sense with the information, I've provided.

JFK lowered the taxes levied by the IRS from 70% to something like 35%. You know what happened, IRS revenue, INCREASED!!! Why... because people were able to INVEST and reap a greater HARVEST! You should, if ANYTHING... LOWER the TAX to help people drive MORE... more fuel burned... more TAX dollars, which is what it is all about. Promote growth, through tax cuts, not raises. Come man!

[Edited by: Z51Corvette at 2/1/2013 12:35:01 AM EST]
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tedjm1
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:26:58 AM

Government wants all the money it can extract from the tax-payer.
Its fine if government also fixed its spending, which would include salaries, raises, perks, all the specials alloewd legislators, etc, etc...
All governmeny likes to spend what it does not have. legislators, unlike most regular taxpayers, usually do not look to really cut down on their personal spending (naturally, they are taxpayer supported.
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jkpsr
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:26:52 AM

Raising gas taxes would be a much better move!
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:26:50 AM

Only going to get worse.
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gaspumpin
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:26:00 AM

Those vehicles need to pay "their fair share". Deal with it.
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CCLighthouse
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:25:26 AM

Sounds good to me. Now let's see if we can't get some other states to follow suit (CT)!
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crreed1
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:25:05 AM

no jobs
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Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:21:16 AM

jrsva.... The poor have to buy gas to get to work... they buy their share and get taxed apportionately.

Tax the ELITISITs Electric vehicles who are not paying their share of fuel tax. Shoot just call it a transportation tax. Base it on miles driven, that's fair, just tax gas burners, different from non-petrol related fueled vehicles.

I agree DRAGNET is being disrespectful... but he is not BASHING, it's just a nick name he's given him.
I use "BO"... like some have used "W", is that disrespectful...

Now your comment about "The President" winning by a "considerable margin" is QUITE LAUGHABLE! It was one of the more NARROW MARGINS. His re-election could NEVER be considered, A MANDATE. Please spare us that rhetoric! You mention, TRASH Talk... Well I agree, it's immature, disrespectful, etc... So why do the Liberals... continue to BASH Bush like a Pinjata? The current president has made more EXECUTIVE orders than the Last 10 presidents "Combined". Who says, he won't mandate he stay longer, now that would be something "wouldn't it"?

His tax and spending policies border on the criminal. I will stop here, as I am getting off topic.


[Edited by: Z51Corvette at 2/1/2013 12:28:26 AM EST]
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lindact
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:19:55 AM

Not every drives, but everyone buys clothes.
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Just say no to Big Government.
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craigsf38
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I do not want to think about what it will be replaced with
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Dailyrun
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:18:06 AM

too much tax
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alaric76
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:17:10 AM

yeah, and then they raise sales tax. Not so great.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:16:58 AM

Hope this isn't an early April Fool's joke...
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JunGleJimBo
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:16:57 AM

Miles driven should determine your registration fees.

JimBo
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wshokie12
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:16:23 AM

The money will have to come from somewhere.
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pastorpaulcg
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:15:56 AM

I can't buy much anyway, so I might go for it
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:14:04 AM

Would be nice!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:13:43 AM

It's only gonna get worse
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:13:36 AM

Change is coming.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:12:06 AM

Woah.
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Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:09:32 AM

Pro Liberals OBJECT... oh, they got their hand caught in the cookie jar and now they don't want it SPANKED!

Get real... you have to get it somewhere. Ya know... if they lowered the tax, like Kennedy did with the IRS tax when he came into office it MIGHT spur more driving! Oh, wow! Additional revenue!

They should tax non gasoline using vehicles to balance this equation!
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obimerrill
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:09:12 AM

Heard this before Nd don't expect the people will like it. Do it and risk not getting reelected!
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silverfox63
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:08:52 AM

And they will find some other tax to replace.
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Toppers
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:08:13 AM

Guess we'll see how it works out...
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JasTheAce
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:08:03 AM

seen this one recently
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jrschl
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:07:38 AM

Is like to see how this plays out in the future, if it goes through.
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jrschl
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:06:55 AM

Very interesting idea.
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:06:41 AM

Screw taxes!
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unicornpmb
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:06:24 AM

A tax is a tax.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:05:54 AM

“not if Obummer can help it.”

Come on Dragnet, give it a rest. President Barack Obama won re-election by a significant margin. He is your president as well as mine and will be for the next 4 years. It is well past time to stop the childish, disparaging word games with his name and pay respect to the Office of the President, even if you do not like its current occupant. The time will come when someone you approve of will hold this office, at which time you will not appreciate this sort of trash talk.

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NotLoggedIn
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:05:41 AM

okay...
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hrtdi
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:05:40 AM

unbelievable!!!1
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boatfloyd
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:05:33 AM

but, there will still be a tax.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:05:29 AM

The tax they invent to replace it will rip them a new one!
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SURE, LET THE RICH PAY FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE!
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:04:13 AM

Who didn't see this deficit coming?
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People will drive in from neighboring states
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:02:52 AM

Well a sales tax is the most fair. Those who spend more money, pay more.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:02:15 AM


Virginia is generally a conservative state so it feels odd to be living with such a new-age proposal under consideration. My first impression is that the higher sales tax will add to the burden of the poor, most of whom buy very little, if any, gasoline.
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