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Virginia legislators consider voiding their state's gas tax

GasBuddy Blog -- Motorists in Virginia pay combined gas taxes of just 38.2 cents per gallon and it hasn't been enough to keep up with rising infrastructure needs and costs.

That's why State Delegate Timothy Hugo wants to void the state's gas tax of 17.5 cents per gallon and replace it with an increase in Virginia's state and local sales tax from 5 percent to 5.9 percent.

If he succeeds, Virginia would become the first state in the country to scrap its gas tax. Hugo's bill would allocate an additional 0.5 percent of the undesignated state retail sales tax revenue to the Commonwealth Transportation Fund.

Hugo said in a prepared statement that his proposal will 'stop the bleeding’ of the Transportation Trust Fund and allocate...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:59:16 AM

VA, like CA, spends too much and can't keep up with the money waste.
OriginalBudman
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:47:42 AM

With the new plan, the EV owners, transit system riders, and pedestrians would pay for the infrastructure, too.
csblesson
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 11:20:27 PM

Good for them!
lesndave
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 10:40:26 PM

Interesting
vcsuksu21
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 9:36:53 PM

Interesting
KarateDude
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 4:56:20 PM

I wish all states would eliminate the gas tax.
gknee09
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 4:38:36 PM

sounds interesting
snappytom2
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 4:23:37 PM

I would consider moving to Virginia except for the fact that the governor and the governor wannabe are running around the state with their vaginal probes looking for illegal vaginas. My wife would be arrested for blowing those fools away with the Bushmaster Assault weapon that I would buy for her to protect herself from oversexed conservative republican politicians who played doctor under a blanket with the neighborhood girls when they were a kid, and haven't grown up yet.
Soglaos
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 3:24:08 PM

They would only double it somewhere else
dad2two
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 1:52:41 PM

Interesting take on gas taxes. Not sure this proposal would work.
Ticoman54
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 1:04:33 PM

I agree with jscdig.
WaWanderer
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:42:33 PM

The mentality is amazing. To think that the sales tax on chips and soda at gas stations to those people that are just driving through will make up for the tax they lose on fuel the traveler purchases.
GryphonX
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:37:13 PM

I can't put my finger on exactly why ... but I don't like this!
Tiernan2012
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:34:56 PM

So, the state gas tax is replaced by a state sales tax, which is increased and applies to all things sold? Sounds like higher prices all around...
yakstar
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:33:06 PM

where will the tax revenues come from now? Little League?
GasSpy007
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:33:02 PM

Kool we should all give that a howdy do..
Bud122CA
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:32:17 PM

If Calif. did this, gas would go down below $3.00 a gallon
WILDCAT112
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:31:52 PM

sounds like a political move
mdotson
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:31:14 PM

hmmmm
200porter
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:30:13 PM

That would increase the price of everything.
NO_SWEAT
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:30:02 PM

Ok
krobp46
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:29:42 PM

That sounds like an excellent idea! Not only will this proposal decrease the price of gas at the pumps but it would charge everyone who buys any taxable products for transportation, instead of just docking those who buy gas
Red7002011
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:29:31 PM

But will it keep gas prices down?
kpacey
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:27:20 PM

Not a good idea
skysteve1
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:26:52 PM

sounds like a money grab
DJRIO
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:26:12 PM

new common trend which no state will do
MacDad614
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:26:08 PM

Maintain roads by taxing the fuel and the vehicles that use the roads. Stop using those funds to pay for other items in a state's budget. Not everyone uses the roads, but everyone pays sales tax on what they buy.
Wolfwings
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:25:03 PM

Since legislators, on the whole, give NOTHING to TAXPAYERS, it seems fair.

On the other hand, tax the hell out of ILLEGAL ALIENS, and maybe they will go back where they came from.
Janetique
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:25:00 PM

Interesting. I agree that infrastructure is in bad shape in many areas; drive down I-64 near Norfolk or I-264 going to Virginia Beach. More revenue must be raised to effect repairs whether it be in higher fuel tax or higher sales tax.
peapaw
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:24:36 PM

ok
ultm8opie
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:23:38 PM

ok, just a different way to get the money
crashintuc34
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:22:52 PM

More tax?
GManCo
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:21:59 PM

To maintain the infrastructure, taxes are required.
Goatroper47
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:20:35 PM

We shall see if this happens.
mightyace
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:20:16 PM

Will the sales tax apply to gasoline? I think it should...
jscdig
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:20:12 PM

Yes, but only if it is part of the law that the additional money can ONLY be used for roads and bridges, and not be raided by a Legislature looking to balance the state's budget.
TimTim
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:20:06 PM

good to know.
8ballnd
Champion Author North Dakota

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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:18:49 PM

keep the gas tax as is and do the o.5 on the sales tax for 2 years and relook at it then
blazerbob91
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:18:38 PM

Just another way to get more money out of your pockets
Kato51
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:17:59 PM

If they can afford it, go for it. I would like to see that happen here.
niceguytx
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:16:58 PM

They need to figure out the best way to raise the revenue to fund roads and bridges.
discgolfur
Sophomore Author Cleveland

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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:14:51 PM

Too many poor people don't drive, but should pay their share of road repair. We should replace income tax with 50% sales tax too.
mickealo
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:12:56 PM

if they can get more money out of taxpayers that way I'm sure they will that way they can get more people to get cars that get better mileage or even battery cars and still get tax money from them
IMLURCH
Champion Author Minnesota

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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:11:22 PM

No matter what we still pay for it.
1_percenter
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:08:48 PM

yeah, this is the much more intelligent way, instead of simply requiring any request for transportation funds to prove the funds will be used for transportation
Chinto12
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:08:39 PM

another shell game
No1ConMan
Champion Author Memphis

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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:05:51 PM

Just audit where the tax money has been spent, all of it. You will see someone has most likely robbed Peter to pay... themselves!
greenfog
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:05:06 PM

in other words they want more money in the general fund to waste and to heck with the roads.
bobsalwaysmt
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:04:21 PM

Usage taxes make more sense than a general tax.
mrreferee
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:03:17 PM

my thoughts exatly, how will they split it fairly?
Royski
Champion Author Los Angeles

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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 12:02:04 PM

I disagree. Keep, and increase, the gas tax to fund infrastructure needs and discourage consumption. Sales taxes are an open wallet to government (in spite of the .5% allocation clause), and are paid even by people who neither drive nor own cars.
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