The sales tax on fuel vs. the gas tax

MoveMN, the local transportation infrastructure lobby, released their proposal today. There is much to discuss, but let’s start with their proposal to: Apply state’s sales tax to the price of fuel ($422 million) Move MN proposed adding the state’s 6.5 percent sales tax to the price of fuel. A sales tax on fuel is based […]

Americans support gas taxes for roads.

Asha Weinstein Agrawal: What Do Americans Think About Federal Tax Options to Support Public Transit, Highways, and Local Streets and Roads? Results from Year 3 of a National Survey : “The survey results show that a majority of Americans would support higher taxes for transportation—under certain conditions. For example, a gas tax increase of 10¢ […]

Building a Better Gas Tax

A new report is out from Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Building a Better Gas Tax: How to Fix One of State Government’s Least Sustainable Revenue Sources. I like the report and generally agree that increasing the gas tax, and building a better one, is appropriate as a short-term fix (until vehicle electrification and […]

Gas tax opt-out dynamics

I noted yesterday in Linklist that “A bill was recently introduced by Senate Republicans that would allow states to opt out of the federal highway program.” So what happens. Let’s assume half the states are donor states and half are donee states. Day 1: All (25) the donor states opt out. There are now 25 […]