Be the Poll — Gas Tax Increase?

So how ‘s a state gas tax increase grab ya?

Democratic legislative leaders say a nickel hike would create thousands of jobs, and they peg chances of an increase at 50-50. Gov. Culver is reluctant. The usual lobbying suspects are pushing for it. Other states are doing it.

The Iowa Department of Transportation issued a report late last month saying it really needs the money.

So, what say you?



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7 responses to “Be the Poll — Gas Tax Increase?

  1. Only a fool votes to raise his/her taxes .. especially when the government is always taking and spending more of our money than they ever have.

  2. thoma

    2.5 cents wants to vote yes and 2.5 cents says no.
    without a doubt the state needs the revenue but I suspect the ripple affect to the consumer will be deep.
    I’ll go yes if it has an end date associated with it.

  3. Joel

    How on earth would increasing the gas tax create jobs?

  4. sherry

    The high cost of fuel this past year did serious damage to our economy and society. After a brief reprieve gas prices are inching back up again. Our nation should not allow other nations to have such power over us and our economy . We have so much available to us in the way of technology and free sources of energy. WE seriously need to get on with becoming an energy independent nation. We are spending billions upon billions in bail out dollars. Why not spend some of those billions in getting alternative energy projects set up. We could create clean cheap energy, millions of badly needed new green jobs and lessen our dependence on foreign oil all in one fell swoop. I just read an eye opening book by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009. It would cost the equivalent of 60 cents per gallon to drive and charge an electric car.If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV’s instead had plug-in electric drive trains, the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota. Why don’t we use some of the billions in bail out money to bail us out of our dependence on foreign oil? This past year the high cost of fuel so seriously damaged our economy and society that the ripple effects will be felt for years to come.

  5. george

    Gas Tax is the fairest way to pay for roads. In general the bigger the vehical, the more fuel it uses, and the more damage it does to roads. So the users who cause the most wear pay a higher rate. Makes more sense than a milage tax like they are considering. Why should a person driving a tiny Smart Car pay the same mileage tax as a large vehical?

  6. Gary Ellis

    The State needs to develop a complete spending and tax policy before proposing taxes on one secter of the economy. Keep in mind that a gas tax is a drag on people’s budget and on the cost of doing business that is inflationary in the long term, e.g. a gas tax will inevitably delay economic recovery. State spending cut-backs should come before considering tax increases of any kind.

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