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Virginia Is Worried Cars Are Becoming Too Fuel-Efficient

Time -- The average fuel economy of new vehicles rose 6% in 2012, and cars are expected to use less and less gas going forward. Isn’t that a good thing?

Well, not if you’re a state hoping to bump up revenues collected on gasoline sales. Less gas sold means less gas taxes collected by states—and therefore, less money the states have to build highways, patch roads, and do all of the other things normally funded by gas taxes.

To increase gas tax revenues, or at least maintain their current levels, one simple solution is to hike gas tax rates. As a New York Times magazine story recently detailed, many economists think higher gas taxes—at least $1.25 per gallon, more than double the current national average—are necessary for a wide range of reasons, including the reduction of traffic and offsetting t


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 9:46:13 PM

Rhino: I agree. Put the gas money to use for what the gas tax was intended to be used: maintain and build new infrastructure for vehicles.
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Rhino8of8
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 5:45:20 AM

Maybe be more careful on how the money is spent?
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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 1:02:16 AM

Well, in the great scheme of things, this is a 'good' problem to have. Solution is simple: raise the gas tax. Just make sure that revenue ONLY goes towards maintaining transportation infrastructure.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 12:09:20 AM

Virginia Is Worried Cars Are Becoming Too Fuel-Efficient? Sometimes the fuel tax is increased or a sales tax is imposed to keep the same percentage of tax income per gallon. Just make sure the fuel taxes are used ONLY for the repair or replacement of roads and bridges and Nothing else! Fuel taxes are NOT to be depsoited in the state's general fund and used for other purposes.
Make sure those EV's and inbreds pay their fair share too – a yearly flat tax or a per mile fee assessed. Also, heavier vehicles pay a higher tax rate.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII! - The Day After......
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Carol7777
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 8:10:03 PM

No one wants higher gas prices. However, as we get more gas efficiemt cars & trucks, we will consume less gas. Therefore, if the tax goes up, it will apply to fewer gallons. So, if the basic cost of gas remained the same (which it won't, of course), an individual's cost would not increase that much. So much for logic. Unfortunately, we all know our cost will go up.
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jnseyeongas
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 8:01:19 PM

Well, it is comming. Taxing by the mile.
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Rednix
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:58:21 PM

That doesn't sound like such a good idea. The price is high enough.
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Chris46
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:55:25 PM

Cut politicians paychecks. They are blood sucking free-loaders
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comprof
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:54:38 PM

The political leeches will increase taxes somehow. They would never think or agree to just cut out waste, fraud, and pork barrel and just reduce the size of government. Duh!
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DJE1
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:42:47 PM

Whatever
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bullfrog69
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:42:18 PM

Communist state Virginia!
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Liv43kids
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:37:49 PM

Ahh .....screw them
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MRED3
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:31:29 PM

New Taxes on the way.
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MG_Sputnik
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:30:05 PM

Can't win either way.
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chikilla2486
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:29:16 PM

More , and more huh!
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g747
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:28:57 PM

You politicians will think of other pick-pocketing tactics!!!!!!!.
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DrLyon
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:27:42 PM

So find other funds for highways....
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JCS319
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:26:53 PM

So McDonnell wants to hurt his state's retailers to fund roads. Yeah, that makes about as much sense as forcing women to undergo trans-vaginal probes!
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CCLighthouse
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:26:27 PM

Hear hear dockersbin, they do waste more than they should and not as much as they want. We have to cut back when our income goes down. Why don't they, because we put them in office. : (
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checkitnow
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:25:38 PM

gas tax, income tax, capital gains tax, sales tax, death tax... if you do it they will tax it
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:22:13 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:19:35 PM

Ok
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30mpg80
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:18:12 PM

An article of misdirection by idiots
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FlyNFool
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:17:53 PM

Burn less gas, sell less gas, less tax revenue. Shoot self in foot!
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DEG
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:17:25 PM

The public is taxed enough. The government should stop subsidizing EVs and Hybrids.
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59glide
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:15:59 PM

Still no tolls in Ct.
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gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:14:59 PM

I've been telling folks this for years. The more efficient we become the higher the price for fuel, big oil still has to figure out how to sustain their multi-billion dollar profits
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Cyberkedi
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:12:27 PM

What a bunch of pin-headed bugnuts.
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TBRR
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:11:47 PM

no big deal, just raise the speed limits so cars will burn more gas to get nowhere in a bigger hurry. at 75 most cars will burn 45% more fuel that at 55 mph. just drive on an interstate at the speed limit in the right lane and see how many cars you have to pass compared to how many pass you.

there are two ways to enslave a nation, one by sword, the other by debt.
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my2002m
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:11:31 PM

Gas consumption hasn't declined yet.
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CatMan623
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:09:54 PM

The goverments, at all levels, think they have to get "theirs" first.......sigh.

Definition of politics

poly = many
ticks = blood-sucking parasites

Politics = many blood-sucking parasites. Yep.






[Edited by: CatMan623 at 1/17/2013 10:10:43 PM EST]
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Chas58
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:09:52 PM

It's the same old story. They raise a tax to cut down on use or increase income and when the public responds the government is up at arms because of the loss of income.
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ericbcire
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:09:16 PM

Gas taxes should be eliminated. Tax mileage instead.
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meg1561
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:06:55 PM

They will just raise taxes.
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OOXXFF
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:06:04 PM

Sales taxes are more regressive than gasoline taxes.
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tdioiler
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:05:10 PM

Michigan is looking to up gas tax too for roads.... so we have more of the crappy roads we already have.
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BossPal
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:04:14 PM

Yeah, right.
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wulf2000
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:00:12 PM

Bring back the gas guzzlers.

This should solve the problem.
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pleinyeux
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:00:00 PM

Government all the time needs more of my money and yours
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jb107
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:59:48 PM

They will probably add sales tax to the sale.
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Blue48
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:56:21 PM

OK!
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Spirits
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:56:15 PM

Virginia will think of some way to raise the money.
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kymechanic
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:54:20 PM

As if gas prices aren't high enough.
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ezone
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:49:54 PM

If only that was the main problem. States are VERY good at just raising prices to (more than) compensate for losses in revenue. The real problem is the decreasing survivability of accidents with the decreasing weight of vehicles.
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livedream
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:47:44 PM

I agree with munch252 -- "That is disturbing."
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PrettyLittleLady
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:46:20 PM

can it be..
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Prodaddy
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:45:51 PM

They need to worry about more pressing matters
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toadNY
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:45:49 PM

Just be like obama an rise the debt ceiling.
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Bleeder
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:44:57 PM

I didn't know there was such a thing as "too fuel efficient" yet.
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munch252
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:39:15 PM

that is disturbing.
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