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McDonnell wants to scrap gas tax, boost sales tax for roads

Richmond Times Dispatch -- On the eve of the 2013 General Assembly session, Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing increasing the state’s sales tax and eliminating the gas tax in an overhaul of the way the state funds its transportation needs.

He wants to hike the state and local sales tax to 5.8 percent from 5 percent and permanently shift the revenue source for transportation to a tax that is rising from one that is increasingly in decline.

If lawmakers approve the plan, Virginia would be the first state in the country without a gas tax, according to the administration.

The multi-component plan would also increase the motor vehicle registration fees by $15, add a $100 fee for alternative fuel vehicles and capture more Internet sales taxes, pending Congressional action. In addition, McDonnell wants to increase the port


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gobux10
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:21:06 PM

Somebody will pay
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:57:40 AM

Here's an idea - how about taxing the people using the roads to pay for maintenance of the roads.
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JuicyQ69
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 1:50:58 AM

Robbing Peter to pay Paul.
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NemoIL
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:22:49 AM

How about we tax all those grossly overweight Mexican semi-trucks that are driving across our borders and are damaging our roads and not being made to pay for it?
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Zonk
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:17:01 AM

Old article. I like the idea.
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:09:27 AM

Don't you want to be kissed when you are getting screwed?
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us4usa
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:08:57 AM

He want to hike state tax .8 precent for roads but only .5 is for transportation, so the .3 is pork???

So they add $100 fee on alt. car because they pay less gas tax... But if you scrap gas tax no car will pay, so why keep the $100 for Alt. cars???

"The plan includes about $300 million for the Dulles Metrorail Extension Project and more for expanded passenger rail service in the state."

They should just vote, if they want the rail???

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mcmonsta
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:08:23 AM

not much talk about increasing gov't productivity or efficiency...is there?
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obimerrill
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:08:20 AM

New revenue streams...politicians can't get enough of our money!
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Harry813
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:07:30 AM

Taxed on tax on tax
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boatfloyd
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:06:42 AM

Taxes are their income.
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:06:08 AM

At least they are trying something different.
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:04:21 AM

Okay.
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:04:08 AM

Ridiculous!
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:03:28 AM

“The minute any state government lowers its gas tax, Big Oil just raises the price by the same amount.”

C’mon Rob, that’s BS and I’m sure you know it.

“Just a ploy to get votes, not economically feasible.”

McDonnell cannot run for reelection so it has nothing to do with votes, besides which, why would increasing the sales tax be so popular? Why not economically feasible? It sounds like a solid plan to me.

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blazerbob91
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:59:08 PM

Then more can be diverted to other expenses. In Wi the former gov just stole from the transportation fund.

[Edited by: blazerbob91 at 1/10/2013 12:00:30 AM EST]
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jwalkerh
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:58:14 PM

Whatever works best...
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VikingWoman
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:58:13 PM

It makes little difference. The price at the pump will go down a little but citizens of Virgina will get squeezed elsewhere. It all evens out.

And, as far as taxes go, every possible tax is included in every product and service we buy anyway because of the cost of doing business. Don't think about this too much or you will get angry about paying Pennsylvania taxes for that Hershey bar you just ate.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:58:06 PM

Basically the same story was posted several days ago but this time some of the details are different — the per/gallon tax retained on diesel, for example. The proposed 5.8% sales tax would raise exactly the same amount of money as the 17.5¢/gallon tax when gas is $3.017/gallon. Since it is more than that in most areas of the state now, it would result in a small increase in gas prices. It would raise more tax money as the price of gas rises, which is probably the main impetus behind the proposal.

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dllexport
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:57:01 PM

Just a ploy to get votes, not economically feasible.
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boatmen
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:55:38 PM

sure he does till he reinstates gas tax for more revenue
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RNCII
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:54:33 PM

Why not make everybody pay to keep up the roads.
We tax everybody who owns property to pay for schools.
At least this way the drivers of EVs will have to pay for the roads too.
Woulds you rather have big brother keep track of how many miles you drive and charge you by the mile?
Everybody benefits from the roads so have everybody pay for them.

[Edited by: RNCII at 1/10/2013 12:01:24 AM EST]
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Steve6921
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:54:21 PM

Great idea
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:51:23 PM

Good idea, but can it be passed and implemented?
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:50:50 PM

The minute any state government lowers its gas tax, Big Oil just raises the price by the same amount.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:47:26 PM

meh
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skybiker
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:45:14 PM

Sc has the tax disease...
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melvindale
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:44:00 PM

Why not gas tax based as a percent of price instead of a set number of pennies per gallon? That is why we can't keep up on road maintenance.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:43:45 PM

Revenue "STREAM" = river of MONEY!!
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:41:53 PM

Plan might work if the Gov. can get it approved.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:39:32 PM

but would VA gas prices decline?
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:38:42 PM

What tree did this nut fall out of?
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:36:59 PM

Good for them, time will tell
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skeeterbait
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:35:57 PM

The governor of Virginia must be crazy. That will help the economy, NOT! People who don't drive but they do buy groceries would be getting punished. That is a good way to help the low income people, NOT!
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:35:54 PM

Why make people who don't drive pay?
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wild3bill
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:33:09 PM

Makes more sence. Replace per gallon road tax with % of price sales tax when prices are in a lower price, revenue will automatically increase when thec Big Oil Monopoly jacksw up prices, revenue will increase!
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:32:46 PM

This was discussed about a week ago.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:31:49 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:30:56 PM

Interesting!
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:28:55 PM

must be nearing election time again
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:26:21 PM

Even a bigger money grab thsn just the gas tax. Politicians think the public is stupid! There is only one pocket for all the money to come from and taxpayers are broke or close to broke!
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:25:25 PM

McDonald is a goof.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:25:14 PM

youll end up with both
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Don't trust, get all the facts
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:21:50 PM

This guy is a looser.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:21:11 PM

wow
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This guy is a brain surgeon!
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Some brain dead politician always has some way to screw over the public and they think that politicians have a real brain? Turtles have more common intelligence than a politician
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:16:18 PM

A move in the right direction, but I wonder how .8 of sales tax replace 17.5 cents in fuel tax. But be a lot of sales. I think we will see more of this with alternative fuels and better MPG. I think we will also see this as as a use tax on a national basis in time, and why not. Reduce income tax and increase sales tax so all get to pay some. Start out with a low % national sales tax and reduce regular taxes. But spending and debit has to be cut WAY back and we are not going to like that one.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:15:36 PM

NO I don't think this is a good idea leave it separate
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:14:21 PM

I don't believe that is fair to your own statesman. What about out of state vehicle traffic? They will be paying taxes on the roads that they are using. Isn't Virginia a "destination and drive through" state? $ $ $
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