A major reason why public transport in the US is so poor is due to low gas prices. It's very convenient to have your own car, however the one person-one car habit is destroying the environment and our communities. We interact less with each other since we don't need to. Only a 5 cent increase is unlikely to change consumer habits however. It would need to be more.
People will use cars less, which will decrease the chance of air pollution and global warming, like ice melting. People will hopefully use public transportation like buses or bicycles to get places without having to take a car and pollute the air. So why are you people saying no? It's crazy!
If it happens, they may want to be involved more to find a new energy to run America. Since fossil fuels are decreasing rapidly, people may ride bikes more, carpool, and become more aware of their surroundings. Plus, most alternative energies are better for our environment. Overall, we NEED to raise taxes to help our future. Please help us stop using fossil fuels, bio-fuels are more efficient, and easier to obtain.
The fact is that our fuel tax per mile is the lowest it has been in history after you account for improved fuel efficiency and inflation. Higher gas taxes will place the burden on those who actually use our roads the most instead of the average taxpayer. Spending less to improve our infrastructure will only harm business in the long-term. An increase in the fuel will also encourage fuel efficiency in our vehicles which will reduce our carbon footprint. A gas tax is difficult to swallow because higher pump prices are obvious, but it is necessary. For the average American driver the cost would be around $20 per year (12000 miles / 30 mpg * 5 cents). Reducing our dependence on foreign oil will improve our economy in the long-term. In that regard, consumers facing higher fuel prices will choose and push harder for fuel efficient cars. Increasing the fuel tax per mile is a win for our environment, a win for our economy, and a win for our federal budget.
Honestly everyone who's on the no side are people who don't want to pay five cents more gas tax to help make our roads better. Also where do you negative people get your information? Because the gas tax will be that five cents higher the fuel price will stay the same but there will be a gas tax with it. Just like there's a sales tax when you buy something. I think that if we were to give money and get something out of it that more people would come visit places and spend money there that would create more money for the US and create more jobs.
Even with high gas prices, people are still wasting gas, while our bridges and roads are decaying and coming close to catastrophe. Such a tax will force people to actually consider their gas consumption carefully, and the tax will go to something that is sorely needed in this country: a reinvestment in infrastructure.
The infrastructure in the United States needs a lot of money spent on it to repair and upgrade bridges and roads. Otherwise, there will be more disasters like the collapse in Minnesota a few years ago. Raising the gas tax seems like a fair way to pay for bridge improvements and repairs, since these are predominantly used by cars and trucks.
Americans have become accustomed to spending beyond their means. This has extended to using our bridges and roads without paying the price for maintaining them. It is only fair that the people who use the bridges and roads should be the ones to help pay part of the cost of repairing and maintaining them. Someone MUST begin to do this. If not the nation's drivers, then who?
The Us citizens could do so much better with their own money and private investment in their own infrastructure and this tax is only a distraction that leads to further government irresponsibility spending. This is one of the major problems in our country as of status quota this will not fix any problem and will lead to less freedom.
If the U.S. were to increase the gas tax, it would make the cost of fuel even higher, which would cause the cost of other goods to go up, as well. Many American families are already struggling to make ends meet, and they don't have any corners left to cut. Workers are being paid less when goods already cost more. Social programs that are barely keeping many Americans afloat are being threatened, as well. If the U.S. wants money to shore up bridges, it should cut other programs, such as defense, or end the current wars that we are in. Or, they could increase taxes on corporations and millionaires. Employment and tax reforms are needed to protect the people.
I believe that increasing the tax on gasoline for bridges will not provide the desired results, based on the government's past with using our tax money wisely. One only need to look at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or any other number of government programs to see failure.
Increasing the gasoline tax to fund infrastructure repairs such as bridges and roads is not a good use of taxpayers' money. An increase in tax will add an additional burden to the middle class. What does the current gas tax money do? Those monies already being collected should be used wisely for these purposes. Tolls for bridges makes more sense: the motorists more frequently using the services would be contributing to the expenses in a more proportionate rate.
Already, people are struggling with high gas prices. Anything that raises them further will just make matters worse. Congress should have used "stimulus" funds for these projects, like they promised they were going to do. Instead, they wasted most of it, and are now coming back to us looking to
The gas tax is supposed to pay for highways. Local sales taxes and property taxes are supposed to help pay for local roads. Many states also levy gas taxes to help build roads. Where do these billions go? Only a fraction goes to roads, and much of the rest goes to entitlement programs and the general fund. When money is spent on roads, it is often wasted on beautification projects. A million dollars for a road results in 80% on the road and 20% to plant trees or add murals, instead of building that much more road. Road maintenance budgets then go for gardening, instead of filling potholes. Don't raise taxes. Use the money for roads to build and fix roads and their bridges.
There is no reason to tax the American worker another cent. We are spending billions of dollars in Afghanistan fighting a war we really do not need to be engaged in. There is enough money being poured into that country to pay for new bridge systems across our own country. I am sick and tired of watching our own country's infrastructure slowly deteriorate while we use money from hard-working Americans to stabilize other countries.
The price of gasoline is so high that it is already causing problems during these hard economic times. Just the problem of being able to find a job that pays enough to justify the cost of commuting by automobile is a problem for many citizens of our country who are already struggling to make a living. Instead of raising taxes on gasoline, the government should be looking for ways to reduce the cost of it.
Tax money should be divided properly. Evidence of this being a bad choice would be the outcry of angry citizens and miss-spent money.
The country's bridges are not used by a majority of the people and securing them should be done through tolls, or some other type of tax on the people that regularly use them. Most states are not affected by the security of the county's bridges and if there were to be a national tax they would see this as unjust, likely causing nationwide discontent.