Support rallying for increase in fuel taxes to fund roads

| February 14, 2014
  • guest

    How about we use the money we pay in road taxes now to repair the roads instead of putting it in the pockets of the current, past, and future thieving politicians!!!!

  • b Piel

    you bunch of no ind SOB stop spendeing money we do not have and how about some of senators and governers that pork fat yourself a 53% pay ingrease when you think the rest of us should have no problem living in 721.00 s month! come me on people wake the hell upbefore it to late! I we don’t have the cash to spend you just go without and it’s damn time all these fat cat liying cheateen underhanded had there hands cut out off!

  • ldmff

    Well for one thing how come Big Gov doesn’t index the fuel tax to match inflation and so-forth, when are we going to stop the siphoning of funds for bike paths, mass transit and G_d only knows what other pork projects they’re funding, it appears our infrastructure is in a sorry state just like everything else in this country, this a threat to our security and economy. I would like to see all politicians that are involved be drug into court for misappropriation of funds, this may sound quite drastic but this is the only way to stop these thieving foxes from sucking eggs!

  • chazzz

    How about stopping the waste and fraud. Rasing taxes on fuel means people cut back on the amount they drive so you lose money. There should be more money coming in now than ever before, there are more drivers/cars than ever before, where is the money. It takes fuel to run all those cars so what is happening with the taxes on the fuel now. It makes no sense to raise taxes on anything

  • Kenny Mings

    why not look at insurance companies there the ones making all the money………

  • Ken Nilsen

    Actually there are fewer taxes coming in than ever. The government is running into the sword they sharpened many years ago when they demanded stricter fuel economy standards. When you put a car on the road that gets 55 mpg or doesn’t use fuel because it is electric then revenue drops. The same with trucks. If you base your fuel tax on 6.5 mpg and suddenly fleet averages increase to 8 mpg then there is a drop in tax collected.

  • Ken Nilsen

    I agree. No more non-highway use for fuel taxes!!

  • chazzz

    How is that possable. There are more trucks and cars on the road than ever before. Even with the better fuel economy the increase in traffic should have made up the difference and then some. I do not believe what the politicians say, I would really like to see the unaltered numbers. Government is taking money from this fund and that fund for other projects they deam more important.all the time. I want to see the real numbers.

  • GrabbaGear

    Since we’re now in a “global market” why not tax imports to repair infrastructure since much of the US manufacturing has gone overseas and the products are being shipped here to market instead of being produced here. Let them pay for it instead of the truckers and motoring public through fuel taxes? I’m sure that will be passed back onto everyone through products, but it puts the costs where they belong rather than the truckers. And STOP wasting the money already appropriated on pet projects. Maybe this will add more incentive to produce products here at home.

  • mousekiller

    It the tax was equal for Gas per gallon as Diesel is then that would be a fairer tax. If they wanted us to pay 15 ( just a figure to use) cts a gallon then gas should have 15 cts a gallon too. Fair is only fair as there is far more automobiles using the highways than there are trucks. When trucks are restricted from using all the highway lanes and are restricted to certain lanes then it is an unfair tax on trucks in the states that do that like GA around Atlanta as example.

  • TJ

    If the outrageous fuel tax we pay was actually spent to maintain roads like they are intended (falsely) then every interstate & US route could be covered, heated, lighted & curbed. If it truly stayed in a highway fund they would have a hard time figuring out what to do with the excess money every year.

  • MarsRiver

    One of the most intelligent responses I’ve read in this publication! But I see a surcharge coming on electricity.

  • mousekiller

    If the politicians did not continue to steal from the funds already paid in by the trucking industry there would not be the shortage of funds for roads and bridges. Simple . Get rid of the crooks in DC and the money will be there. No increase is needed. No new taxes are needed.

  • JERICO

    What the (hell-o) do these people think? We already have the Highway Use
    Tax on big trucks that is supposed to be for the highways, which by the
    way, we are the only ones paying. We, however, are the ones that are
    most restricted on the highways, ie., not allowed to use certain lanes,
    to go on certain portions of interstate because we have to follow the
    Truck Route around (although there was interstate roads to go straight
    through which we also paid for), and other things which I cannot even
    possibly conceive with the rage I feel at this moment.

    Then we
    are already sharply taxed at the pumps, as well as, have the burden to
    pay any extra fuel tax that we did not buy enough of in each state that
    we did travel.

    This is what happens when the money that has been
    paid has been misappropriated for other things “they” wanted to do,
    while letting our roads suffer to the point that the roads are tearing
    up our trucks, then the DOT tears us up because we have something tore
    up by running these raggedy roads.

    When do these friggin idiots
    think enough is enough? Why don’t they pay for the roads out of
    contributions from their incomes from doing a peepee poor job that they
    are being paid to do?

    They take the money to further create more
    and more regulations to even further limit us from doing our job of
    which they know nothing about! Then they make a big splash story because
    someone from Washington DC rides around in the truck for one day to see
    how we do the job. She absolutely don’t know a thing. She was shielded
    from the reality of trucking!!!

    No doubt about it, they are
    breaking the camels back. Where is the profit margin that we are
    supposed to enjoy for such dedicated hard work which we do?

    Oh,
    excuse me, I meant to say which the truck drivers do; because as of July
    16th, 2013, we came off the road, shut down our company, parked the
    truck and trailer in the driveway, got out, and ain’t looked back!

    Then we are still reading this crap which still peepees us off!

    Lord,
    thank you for letting us find a way to never have to look back at the
    industry which we loved so dearly for nearly 40 years for myself and 17
    years for my wife. We pray we never make the foolish mistake to ever
    come back to this slavery profession in which the only purpose served is
    to make everyone else rich, while we are still trying to catch up on
    the back taxes we still owe!

    Amen!

  • JERICO

    I don’t know what this website done to my previous post. That is not the way that I wrote it. Therefore, I am posting this again. Believe me, something was done to my post to make it lay out the way it did.

    2nd attempt:

    What the (hell-o) do these people think? We already have the Highway Use Tax on big trucks that is supposed to be for the highways, which by the way, we are the only ones paying. We, however, are the ones that are most
    restricted on the highways, ie., not allowed to use certain lanes, to go on certain portions of interstate because we have to follow the Truck Route around (although there was interstate roads to go straight through which we also paid for), and other things which I cannot even possibly conceive with the rage I feel at this moment.

    Then we are already sharply taxed at the pumps, as well as, have the burden to pay any extra fuel tax that we did not buy enough of in each state that we did travel.

    This is what happens when the money that has been paid has been misappropriated for other things “they” wanted to do, while letting our roads suffer to the point that the roads are tearing up our trucks, then the DOT tears us up because we have something tore up by running these
    raggedy roads.

    When do these friggin idiots think enough is enough? Why don’t they pay for the roads out of contributions from their incomes from doing a peepee poor job that they are being paid to do?

    They take the money to further create more and more
    regulations to even further limit us from doing our job of which they know nothing about! Then they make a big splash story because someone from Washington DC rides around in the truck for one day to see how we do the job. She absolutely don’t know a thing. She was shielded from the reality of trucking!!!

    No doubt about it, they are breaking the camels back. Where is the profit margin that we are supposed to enjoy for such dedicated hard work which we do?

    Oh, excuse me, I meant to say which the truck drivers do;
    because as of July 16th, 2013, we came off the road, shut down our company, parked the truck and trailer in the driveway, got out, and ain’t looked back!

    Then we are still reading this crap which still peepees us
    off!

    Lord, thank you for letting us find a way to never have to look back at the industry which we loved so dearly for nearly 40 years for myself and 17 years for my wife. We pray we never make the foolish mistake to ever come back to this slavery profession in which the only purpose served is to make everyone else rich, while we are still trying to catch up on the back taxes we still owe!

    Amen!

  • ToucheTurtle

    Really? How about SOMEBODY in D.C. tell us exactly where our money is going now??? They collect billions of dollars and still our roads are bad. I say, they should HAVE to show us exactly where our money is going before we give them another dine!

    After we find out that a majority of the money has been diverted by the “power brokers” instead of hiding the final destination, then we should systematically give them the boot!

  • alamo

    Lets give the government more of our hard earned money to squander with no accountability . Great idea.

  • ldmff

    What kind of figures do you think the government is going to supply? There is a quote from a British bureaucrat (Benjamin Disraeli) clear back in 1800’s, “You have lies, damn lies, then you have statistics” so I don’t know where you would get any accurate figures. The only way would be with the aid of private accounting firm but do you think the government would cooperate with any outsiders? Truth be known, I bet the government doesn’t have the foggiest idea of where the money is or went, that’s the reason the government wants to stay so big, that way they can keep everything muddled and entrenched that it is just one humongous maze. One word sums it up…”Enigma”!!!

  • ldmff

    All Big Gov has to do is look at the quarterly IFTA fuel tax reports from the states and keep a pulse on what the trucking industry fuel mileage stands at. Governments at all levels just crack me up, Big Gov keeps twisting the fuel economy arm of trucking and then the states turn around and jack the speed limit up 80 mph. A lot of you know that a good portion of trucks are squeezed down to 60-65 for fuel economy, so essentially they are creating a split speed limit when you think about it. They could use the IRS to monitor this fuel tax thing but, they’re too busy harassing us Conservatives in the TEA Party! Trucks have gone from 4mpg in the 70 & 80’s to present day of around 8mpg, that’s double, now cars have gone from 12-16mpg to 25-40 so the gasoline tax should be even greater on cars. That’s why Big Gov needs to index and use these figures to keep our thoroughfares in good operating order.(it’s not rocket science). As electric vehicles go, mileage is probably the only practical approach to a user fee, even though I’m opposed to mileage taxes (too wasteful). Electricity is measured in volts, amps and watts, I don’t think you can come up with a formula to tax electrical consumption in a simple manner. You know the old acronym “KISS” Keep It Simple Stupid, but you can tell by our income tax system Big Gov doesn’t embrace simplicity. As much as Big Gov loves taxes I can’t believe they’ve fallen so far behind in boosting fuel tax. I just thought of something, look at all the road tax we pay when we buy fuel for our lawnmowers, ATV’s, boats, snowblowers, dirt bikes,stock car racing, edgers and trimmers, I bet that adds up to a tidy sum, think about it! Well I’ll get my conservative butt outa here…Adios n’ Hasta La Bye Bye! L.D.

  • Duhjudge

    The Federal Gubmint does not build nor maintain roads or bridges….it collects eighteen and twentyfour cents per gallon then somebody decides to send the siphoned balance back to the states requiring them to enforce executive ordered regulations or forfeit the funding…this is called “highway robbery.” If I were to run for President, my platform would advocate the raising of the weight limits for transports, make it a felony to sell fuel below cost, Daylight Savings Time would be year round, the cabinet would be reduced to perhaps three departments, the US would drop out of the UN and the UN would have to pay taxes or move, and the states would be required to raise their own taxes because the Fed Excise would go away….there will be a lot fewer gubmint FED f…..s to pay too….that is enough of a platform to win in a landslide…..

  • Bigwheel

    Obama is not going to quit tell trucking is gone only a few companies will be on the road make them easy to control

  • gregbo

    I think it’s about time jounalists stop writing nonsense like “The highway trust fund will run out of money”. All federal taxes are paid directly to the U.S. Treasury an institution over 17 trillion in debt. There has never been any money in any federal trust fund only worthless treasury bonds. The good news is the government doesn’t need our money. The FED creates it out of thin air.

  • JETaratuta

    How is mass-transit funded? That’s right — 20 cents on the dollar is mandated to fund light rail, inner-city buses, and what not. Of course the pie is not big enough for all of the fingers that want a piece of it . . .

  • http://longhaulpartner.com/ Bruce at LongHaulPartner.com

    I don’t have an issue with “user fees” in principle, but many states and our negligent Federal government siphon off dollars from the fuel and highway use taxes we’re already paying to use on non-highway, general fund expenses. Washington DC needs to make better, more competent use of money they already confiscate and waste before we throw even more wealth into their piggish trough. Giving DC money is like throwing dinner in the garbage. Same benefit to we the people.

  • rustynut3850

    Raise the taxes seams to be the answer to everything in gov. I don’t hear anyone talking about cutting spending and move the money to a place that they are about to go broke. Highways and social sec. would be my choice. I think there’s something about no taxation without repersentation. Kind of makes you think taxing the public is illigal.

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