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house Bill H.R. 1458

Should the Federal Gas Tax Be Increased?

Argument in favor

The federal gas tax hasn’t been increased since 1993, and as a result funding available for America’s infrastructure needs has fallen short of what’s needed. Increasing it a few cents per gallon in stages will help finance much-needed public transportation, road, and bridge repairs and construction that benefit all Americans.

burrkitty's Opinion
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12/08/2018
It would be more effective to STOP SUBSIDIZING BIG OIL resulting in The US government saving 16 billion annually from leaving the government coffers in the first place. But sure raise taxes. Anything that brings it closer to it’s real cost. Also stop allowing oil exports while we have a net oil trade deficit. It makes zero sense. Oil companies are making 300+ billion dollars profit annually. They don’t need the subsidies. Voilá, money for infrastructure.
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David's Opinion
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12/08/2018
Money could be used for renewable resources instead... seems like a no brainer
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Donald's Opinion
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12/09/2018
Increase the tax and make sure the proceeds only go to the improvement and maintenance of our road and highways with no funds being siphoned off to non roads or highway projects.
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Argument opposed

Gas taxes are regressive and an increase will hurt Americans’ finances between higher prices for gas and consumer goods. States, not the federal government, are the owners of most highways and roads, and over half — 33 — have already increased their own gas taxes in order to pay for infrastructure repairs, making a federal-level hike unnecessary.

Doug's Opinion
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12/08/2018
How many times and in how many ways must the American public be taxed?! Congress should be proposing ways to cut taxes, not increase them!!!
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Cathy's Opinion
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12/08/2018
The tax scam of 2018 should be repealed and Oil and gas companies should be charged taxes
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Brian's Opinion
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12/08/2018
A full transparent audit of the Federal Government needs to be conducted and Fraud, Waste, and Abuse needs to be eliminated before honest discussions of increasing revenue through taxation may begin.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMarch 9th, 2017
    It would be more effective to STOP SUBSIDIZING BIG OIL resulting in The US government saving 16 billion annually from leaving the government coffers in the first place. But sure raise taxes. Anything that brings it closer to it’s real cost. Also stop allowing oil exports while we have a net oil trade deficit. It makes zero sense. Oil companies are making 300+ billion dollars profit annually. They don’t need the subsidies. Voilá, money for infrastructure.
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    How many times and in how many ways must the American public be taxed?! Congress should be proposing ways to cut taxes, not increase them!!!
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    The tax scam of 2018 should be repealed and Oil and gas companies should be charged taxes
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    Leave the Federal FICA Gas Tax Alone..... Gas taxes are regressive and an increase will hurt Americans’ finances between higher prices for gas and consumer goods. States, not the federal government, are the owners of most highways and roads, and over half — 33 — have already increased their own gas taxes in order to pay for infrastructure repairs, making a federal-level hike unnecessary. I’m in agreement that No taxation please without representation....my representative Steve Cohen does not represent his community..... SneakyPete. 4*5*19
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    A full transparent audit of the Federal Government needs to be conducted and Fraud, Waste, and Abuse needs to be eliminated before honest discussions of increasing revenue through taxation may begin.
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    Another Democrat socialist solution....raise taxes. SMH, take a look at France to see what raising gas taxes does.
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    Money could be used for renewable resources instead... seems like a no brainer
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    They need to quit passing costs down to the middle and lower class in the name of taxes. Perhaps the big tax break for corporate America is not paying off like it should be.
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    Taxpayers are taxed out. Covering the Executive Orders by #45 is pushing the Middle Class, Working Class and Working Poor, to the very edge of their budgets. This past year we’ve experienced the rich and big corporations increase their bank accounts due to #45’s tax law. GM is just one of several big businesses giving their millions of tax incentive dollars to shower on their top executives and share holders. Many Americans knew trickle down economics didn’t work in the Regan era, and we have proof it has not and will not work now. Need funds for infrastructure? Rescind the catastrophe of the tax law, enforce #45’s appointees to reimburse the monies stolen from taxpayers, (Scott Pruitt, Ben Carson, etc.), and take control of a tariff war that we cannot, will not win!
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    Because of the way it impacts the lower class!
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    No taking more money out of my pocket will not solve any problems
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    Decrease wasteful spending, decrease the size of government and get people off welfare and entitlements, BALANCE a BUDGET!!! Maybe lower your own salaries or lifetime pensions!
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    No, it should not. Need not mention that taxation is theft but WE THE PEOPLE are NOT here for the GOVERNMENTS TAXING PLEASURES. We work and money is already stolen from our paychecks, making it more difficult to survive, we are taxed on our goods, our homes, our cars, everything! Enough IS ENOUGH! we need to lower all taxes to that number of 0! I work 40-50 hours a week not including my second job and I still don't make enough to get by on nearly 8 dollars above minimum wage! THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO STEP OFF OF OUR MONEY!
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    Increase the tax and make sure the proceeds only go to the improvement and maintenance of our road and highways with no funds being siphoned off to non roads or highway projects.
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    Leave it as is and learn to control the governments spending habits
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    France can see right through this BS & so can America. These absurd climate change taxes are just fronts for socialist redistribution of wealth policies. Typically I’m not one to label an entire group as stupid, but if you’re socialist, well... not sure why you’d think it would work now, considering it always ends in complete disaster.
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    NO NO NO NO NO. TAXATION IS THEFT. Do you not see how well gas taxes are doing in France right now?!
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    The gas tax is a very regressive form of taxation. We could easily raise more money for road improvement by ending the subsidies that we give to oil and gas companies! A good chunk of the revenue isn’t even used for highways and bridges!
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    Why should we be paying more for gas when the government is just going to blow it on things I don't agree with anyway?
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    You have become too clever in taking our money.
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