Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum  

Go Back   Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum > National Motorists Association (NMA) Discussion Group & Forum > NMA Articles
Radar Detectors Forum Logon:

NMA Articles National Motorists Association (NMA) Articles

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 2011-08-23
NMA Reporter NMA Reporter is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: 2008 Feb
Posts: 125
NMA Reporter is on a distinguished road
Exclamation Federal Gas Tax Expires On September 30th

NMA Article: Federal Gas Tax Expires On September 30th

class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2567" style="margin-bottom: 8px;" title="federal-gas-tax-expires" src="https://blog.motorists.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/federal-gas-tax-expires.jpg" alt="" width="525" height="200" /> /> By James Baxter, NMA President

It won’t be long and the grandstanding will start up in earnest. Nothing focuses the political mind like the potential loss of hundreds of billions of dollars in tax revenue.

Come the end of September, and with it the expiration of the 18.4 cent fuel tax, we will be thoroughly warned that the end is nigh if the federal gas tax goes the way of the dodo bird.

id="more-2566">The “Chamber” types will decry the collapsing infrastructure. The “greens” will demand the replacement of highways with bicycle trails. Municipalities will plead for more millions in subsidies to support their transit systems (that average one passenger per vehicle mile travelled), and we’ll get a good dose of “bridge to nowhere” stories.

The one tenuous thread of agreement is that none of the principal political entities will suggest that the gas tax be increased. The Republican and the Democrat Members of Congress, and the President will all join hands to give a fat thumbs down to raising the gas tax.

Maybe we should just put these political actors out of their misery and let the tax expire. Armageddon? I don’t think so. Some angst, a bit of disruption, a lot of hand wringing about the economy, probably. But let’s look at the bright side.

First, all 50 states could add 18.4 cents to their fuel taxes and there would be zero change in the tax paid by motorists. Better yet the states could keep 100 percent of the tax and not cycle it through Washington, D.C. where it is currently feeds a significant bureaucracy and is laden with a raft of regulations before it is returned to the states, in a diminished capacity.

Further, if the California Legislature wishes to outlaw circumcision while in a moving vehicle it can do so without dragging the other 49 states down the same path via a Lautenberg sponsored federal mandate.

Other than a little disruption and an upward blip in the unemployment rate in Virginia and Maryland where’s the downside?

The US DOT Secretary won’t be able to hold “listening sessions” where he harangues about cell phone usage and promotes “livable communities?” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration won’t have money to support large scale speed traps, seat belt roadblocks, or surveillance cameras on every street light? And, federal highway funds won’t be available to fund ticket camera programs? I’m willing to suffer these consequences.

How about you?

style="padding: 5px 0px 2px 0px;height:20px;width:525px;background-color:#ffffbe;text-align:center;">Are You A NMA Member? If not, read about href="https://www.motorists.org/memberbenefits/">the benefits and then href="https://www.motorists.org/join/">join!


href="https://blog.motorists.org/federal-gas-tax-expires-september-30/">Federal Gas Tax Expires On September 30th

Further Reading:
    style="line-height:1.5em;"> href="https://blog.motorists.org/funding-our-highways/" rel="bookmark" title="August 5, 2008">Funding Our Highways style="line-height:1.5em;"> href="https://blog.motorists.org/decide-how-nhtsa-spends-tax-dollars/" rel="bookmark" title="November 20, 2009">Help Decide How NHTSA Spends Your Tax Dollars style="line-height:1.5em;"> href="https://blog.motorists.org/tired-of-high-gas-prices-dont-ask-the-government-for-help/" rel="bookmark" title="June 4, 2008">Tired Of High Gas Prices? Don’t Ask The Government For Help style="line-height:1.5em;"> href="https://blog.motorists.org/why-dont-politicians-care-about-transportation-issues/" rel="bookmark" title="April 18, 2008">Why Don’t Politicians Care About Transportation Issues? style="line-height:1.5em;"> href="https://blog.motorists.org/why-are-politicians-trying-to-kill-the-fuel-tax/" rel="bookmark" title="February 27, 2009">Why Are Politicians Trying To Kill The Fuel Tax?

© 2009 NMA
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Federal Agency Pushes States to Toll Existing Roads NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 0 2010-10-20 11:57
Transportation Department Announces Federal Program Encouraging Female Truckers NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 0 2010-07-28 22:35
Federal Court Upholds Illegal Traffic Camera Evidence NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 0 2010-04-01 11:32
Federal Judge Tosses Missouri Red Light Camera Challenge NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 0 2009-07-30 09:01
Wisconsin Appeals Court Upholds Federal Speed Limit Sign Rules NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 0 2008-08-19 15:42

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:39.

©2019 SpeedTrapHunter