NC House Interested In Capping Gasoline Tax

The North Carolina House is interested in capping the gasoline tax for the first half of 2012.

Two House committees approved Monday a bill keeping the state motor fuels tax at 35 cents per gallon through June 30. The gas tax is recalculated automatically twice annually based on a formula linked to wholesale gas prices. The Legislature's nonpartisan fiscal staff estimates the tax would grow to nearly 39 cents without a cap.

Republicans supporting the cap said it would give relief to the public while promoting accountability within the Department of Transportation. The bill would direct a study of the DOT tax structure. Opponents said the cap would mean $96 million less for road projects, maintenance and DOT programs.

The full House was expected to consider the measure Monday evening.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 29, 2011 at 10:12 AM
    Can anybody tell me why NC has the highest taxes in the country. We are in the 30% tax rate state. NJ, Illinois and Maine....are there or even more. Congradulations NC, we made the top 5 states and you want to do what with gas taxes? Also note the states out there with no income tax, sales tax and a low gas tax....just how can they do that, we have all three and its not enough.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 29, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    Snake Oil Report; apparently, the Chevy Volt program is now offically dead after the batteries seem to set the car on fire. Solyndra, which many have heard about the half billion dollar defaulted loan and the investigation going on is being shadowed by other greenterd programs. GE paid no taxes but makes windmills in, these green jobs are really paying off. Thanks Obama for you spending and our new debt. You will go down as the worst president in history after you failure, not only as a leader but as a manager of taxpayer money. I suggest those POD storage units on whitehouse lawn will make it easy for you in 2012.
  • by Robert T Location: Washington on Nov 29, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    Gas is so high because of the goverment amd GMC the car dealer!!!! They voted for a $1 increase on gas taxes then want nogoing to force you to buy a freaking electric car!!!!
  • by Confused on Nov 29, 2011 at 06:20 AM
    I am confused. When I moved to NC 6 years ago it was explained to me that the personal property tax that you pay on your vehicle every year was used to repair roads. Shouldn't that be enough? What is happening to that money? Is it in the same fund as the "education" lottery? I am from NY where the traffic and road usage far surpasses NC roads yet in NY there is not such tax, now some want to tax gasoline even more than it already is taxed? NC has got to be close to the highest tax state in the country, time to put a stop to it or you will see more jobs and people leaving NC.
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      by To Confused on Nov 29, 2011 at 07:21 AM in reply to Confused
      Because the elected officials of this state stole from these funds for decades to support their own social programs and pet projects treating these funds as a bottomless bank account.
  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on Nov 29, 2011 at 06:12 AM
    Wonder where the local "spendocrate", you know, Lavon, Data Man, and that crowd weigh in on this issue?
  • by Ryan Location: Havelock on Nov 29, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    We are already in the top tier in the nation for gas taxes. Currently they are installing a median in the middle of Havelock that was taken out by the DOT 30 years ago under the idea that it was a safety hazard and removing it would increase traffic flow efficency. They are now putting it back in stating that the number of accidents Justifies it. However if you ask for the data, they don't have it to prove their point. Same thing is occurring in Hampstead. The installation of a median that is unnecessary and unwanted. along 70 just on the west side of New Bern they installed a bypass that goes from 70 to 17 just south of New Bern. This accomplished little, but the even bigger waste was the two ramps they built that were abandoned to a redesign AFTER all the dirt was hauled in, packed, and graded, and the bed prepared for asphalt. Mean while the Highway 17 four lane project is AGAIN over budget and over due. What is my point? The NCDOT wastes massive amounts of funds on unnecessary projects. I refuse to pay more in taxes when what I do pay is so badly mismanaged!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 at 08:18 PM
    stop crying on Nov 28, 2011 at 08:40 PM.... we're spending billions more on schools today than we did in the 50's. Are we getting our moneys worth ? I think not. How much more should I pay in taxes to make schools better ?? If billions more in taxes haven't fixed the problem, will a 100 billion do it ? It's the same ole thing we hear every year from your democrats. Spend more money and the problems will go away. Well.... more money has NOT fixed our schools. We need less spending, SMARTER spending.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Nov 29, 2011 at 05:37 AM in reply to
      I agree, we have all heard the same tired old argument, give more money to the schools for what? Yet the private schools do better in the state with less money. How can that be? And when you state that, they defend themselves saying its because they don't get enough money. Well, school systems suffer with the illegals that show up more and more each year. They pay none or some small taxes, however, most work under that table so they don't contribute to the school systems or state. You want to cut costs? You need to take care of the problem just PC is killing the schools like the rest of the country.
  • by 40some on Nov 28, 2011 at 08:14 PM
    Wanna create more trucking jobs and get more people out of the unemployment lines? Wanna cut the cost of everything moved by a truck? Eliminate the fuel tax for businesses that depend on deisle. Price of goods wouldn't drop like a rock, but atleast inflation would halt somewhat and maybe would could get some folks on unemployment back to paying taxes. Price of fuel nearly killed my business in '08.
  • by stop crying on Nov 28, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    Time to grow up people... I for one want better roads, schools, and health care... We need higher taxes and you poor people should just learn to deal with it....It's not the 50's anymore...
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      by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 at 06:17 PM in reply to stop crying
      The roads are starting to get into desperate shape. Poor roads=front end alignments and repairs, worn tires, I would rather have the better roads. Let the ones who are against it walk.
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        by ralphie on Nov 28, 2011 at 09:20 PM in reply to
        roads got bad due to the thief democrat pigs stealing our tax dollars. Not because we are NOT TAXED ENOUGH!
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          by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:23 AM in reply to ralphie
          Unless a person is actually taking your tax money for personal gain, it isn't theft. The social contract and constitution legitimaze taxes, if they wanted they could have no cap on sales or gas or income taxes and there wouldn't be a thing in the world you could do about it...but wait, I'm sure if the Republicant's wanted a tax hike to fund the military you'd be all for it.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:36 AM in reply to ralphie
          Nothing we could do about it ?? Ever heard of ELECTIONS barlow ??? The politicians would be voted out ASAP. You're points and views are really insane.
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      by Got Entitle-itis? on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:35 PM in reply to stop crying
      This is the attitude that got us into this mess. Newsflash: you are NOT ENTITLED TO ANYTHING!!! You want better health care, get a job to pay for it. You want a better school, pay to send your kids to private. You want better roads, be thankful that we have them at all!!! Get over yourself.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 at 08:13 PM in reply to stop crying
      we're already paying more than ever in taxes. It's time the government spends our money wisely. It's time to stop rewarding people for refusing to work. How about let's stop building multi billion dollar NEW roads and keep up the roads we already have.
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Nov 28, 2011 at 05:21 PM
    Yes...finally...people who get it...we pay ENOUGH in taxes already. It is a SPENDING problem.
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      by Common Sense on Nov 28, 2011 at 06:22 PM in reply to The Original ENC
      Yeah, WE do, but some people don't. As long as they offset this with revenue from other sources it'll be OK. Spending is NOT the problem, billionaires paying less taxes than carpenters is the problem. Spending has been cut to the bone.
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        by You Need Some Common Sense on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:16 PM in reply to Common Sense
        You really NEED some common sense!! 99.9% of billionairs pay more in taxes than you will make in a lifetime. Wake up, how much do they have to pay so that people you support can sit on their butts and never work? You are a lost cause and your posts prove your ignorance!!
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        by Common Sense??? on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:31 PM in reply to Common Sense
        No, I don't think you have any because the top 10% of breadwinners in this country pay 70% of ALL INCOME TAXES collected by the government. Over 50% of people pay NO TAXES, those making minimal incomes. I am not rich in any way, but numbers do not lie!! These people who are wealthy are paying way more then their fair share of taxes. Yes, we DO have a spending problem and it needs to be stopped. As for carpenters, I can't think of a profession with a higher ability to AVOID PAYING TAXES with all those UNDER THE TABLE JOBS they take on.
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          by 50% AGAIN?? on Nov 29, 2011 at 03:45 AM in reply to Common Sense???
          Tired of your 50% of adults are not paying any income tax. This is because many Americans are retired, unemployed, or so under the poverty line that their income is canceled out by tax credits. Still, most of these pay many other taxes, including...State Income Taxes, Sales Taxes, Gasoline Taxes, "Sin" Taxes on items like alcohol and tobacco, Property Taxes (Home, Car, etc), Social Security Deductions, Worker's Compensation Deductions, Mandatory Pension Contributions, Special taxes based on phone and internet use, Tolls, Tickets, and Fares for use of Public Transportation and Public Roads and Bridges Taxes and Fees for Air Travel such as 9/11 Security Fee. Depending on the individual and the state, these can add up thousands of dollars per person per year.
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          by To 50% Again on Nov 29, 2011 at 05:47 AM in reply to Common Sense???
          You can spin it any way you want but the FACT is more than 50% of americans do not pay any federal INCOME tax and that is what was stated. There are many points that prove your statements referencing other taxes false as well. Your argument simply holds no water!
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