Seven Republican states increased gas taxes since 2017

I hate being hit in traffic? Four cities in North Carolina were named among the best places for drivers.

I hate being hit in traffic? Four cities in North Carolina were named among the best places for drivers.

WASHINGTON

High taxation gasoline states have received approval in seven Republican states-run since President Donald Trump took office, an unusual step for adamantly opposing more taxes and a sign that raising the federal gasoline tax could no longer cause political damage.

The Trump administration has not increased, and most of the Democratic Parties are enthusiastic about the idea.

The willingness to raise gasoline taxes against the main area of ​​policy has been united by Republicans across the nation for more than 30 years: No new or higher taxes.

Republican supporters in the affected states explain that the roads and bridges are more intense among electors, and that the gas tax can be shown to create tangible benefits.

“The roads were so bad that they had to do something,” said David Woodard, a Republican consultant in Clemson, South Carolina, on his state's decision.

The South Carolina legislature allowed two years ago to increase the gas duty by 2 cent per year for six years to 28.75 cent per gallon by 2022. The government criticized the plan but the Republican legislature violated the veto. The tax had increased by 30 years previously and was the second lowest.

The Democratic Party has cited the GOP tax increases in the Trump states, and maintains that they have received widespread support as weak infrastructure has a wide impact. People at all levels of income “suffer from damage to their cars and are trapped in traffic for an hour, burning gas and not working,” said Mr Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat and an initial advocate for sources. new infrastructural income.

The seven states – South Carolina, Ohio, Arkansas, Alabama, Indiana, Tennessee and Oklahoma – not only had Republican governors and legislators since 2017, but Trump won the seven easily in 2016.

In an eighth state, West Virginia, the Republican run legislature, adopted an increase in gas tax in 2017, and Gov. Five weeks later, he became a Republican.

When a Conference returns later this month from its spring break, it is hoped that the law will seek to make a proposal to improve infrastructure, one of the few areas where the White House and Democrats are optimistic that they could reach parity.

“We will meet,” said Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, referring to a possible meeting in the coming weeks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Trump to talk about infrastructure.

When asked if he was willing to raise the gas tax, Schumer will not discuss specificities, although the New York Democrat added, “We believe we want to put in a lot of money, okay?”

Obtaining this money is the biggest obstacle. The federal gasoline tax of 18.4 cents a gallon and the diesel tax of 24.4 cents a gallon was last raised in 1993. Senate hearing last month asked if she and Trump would accept gas tax rise, Transport Secretary Elaine Chao said “there is nothing out of the table. ”

It is envisaged that the majority of federal expenditure will come from highways and transit from the Highway Trust Fund, which derives revenue from the gas tax and other sources. However, since 2008, the tax has not been able to cover the costs, so money has been transferred from the general budget.

Strong obstacles still have to be faced by higher federal gas tax supporters. While the Chairman of the Seanad Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican said, “we could consider it in committee,” for a long time, Seanad Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky husband Chao, opposed the gasoline tax. increase federal.

McConnell said last week that while he needs an infrastructure package, Trump and Pelosi have to agree a way to pay for it. He told reporters that no one has developed a reasonable way to pay for such a plan at this stage.

Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, said that maybe the opponents states in favor of higher federal tax. “It is good that the states are in the process of solving this problem. It means we don't need more federal money for highways, ”he said.

Fuel added to the opposition are conservative groups.

Instead of higher taxes, the Conference should look closely at where the current gasoline tax money goes, said Russ Latino, Vice President of Americans for Prosperity. He estimated that costs were more than 28 per cent, rather than roads and bridges.

Congress is reluctant to adjust regulations to save taxpayers' money on highway projects, said Latino. Items which might include: the long permission process.

But some of the most conservative states are those who took higher gasoline taxes in the past two and a half years.

Tennessee

In 2017, the law allowed the tax to be increased by 6 cent per gallon over three years. This means that this summer, the tax will be 27.4 cent per gallon.

Bill Lee, who was elected last year, says that during the 2018 campaign about the increase in gasoline tax, he was opposed to raising taxes but “would not give a positive view”, according to the Star Star.

Indiana

About three months after taking office in 2017, the successor to Vice President Mike Pence, Republican Republican Eric Holcomb, signed 10 cent law in law, raising the tax to 28 cents.

Oklahoma

State legislators allowed an increase in 2018, months before the election. The excise tax, which was last collected in 1987, went up 3 cents per gallon to 19 cents. The funds will be used to improve infrastructure.

The Republicans swept all offices nationwide in November and four conference seats.

Alabama

Gov. Kay Ivey, Republican, called a special session of the state legislature last month to consider a transport infrastructure plan which included a higher gasoline tax.

The GOP-run House and the Senate, increasing 10 cent per gallon to 28 cents over three years, met the first increase since 1992.

Ivey discussed the rise in the address of his State State. “Drivers suffer badly from the poor conditions of the Alabama infrastructure,” she explained.

“Our urban roads are in poor condition. Our drivers are experiencing great congestion, ”she said.

Ohio

Ohio was the latest GOP state to increase its gasoline taxes.

Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican who took up office in January, signed a law on 3 April a tax increase of 10.5 cent per gallon to 38.5 cent.

Arkansas

Gasoline taxes will go up to 3 cent to 24.5 cent per gallon after October 1. Gov. explained that other Republican chief executives explained.

“Our farmers need good roads to deliver their crops on the market,” said Hutchinson signing the bill. “We need major routes if we are to compete for the industry and business that is critical to continuing to improve our quality of life.” T

David Lightman is McClatchy's main conference correspondent. He has been writing, editing and teaching for 47 years, with stops in Hagerstown, Riverside, Calif., Annapolis, Baltimore and from 1981, Washington.


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