NC Motor Fuels Tax Could Go Up In Senate Bill

North Carolina's gasoline tax could go up under a bill moving through the Senate.

Senators voted 34-12 Thursday to require that the motor fuels tax be no less than the current 29.9 cents per gallon through mid-2011.

The tax historically has been readjusted twice a year based on
the wholesale price of gasoline. The Legislature agreed in 2006 to
cap the rate at no more than 29.9 cents following high gas prices
after Hurricane Katrina.

Bill sponsor Sen. Clark Jenkins of Edgecombe County said creating a floor for the tax will provide more road-building funds.

The change could generate an additional $67.5 million because the
tax would be higher than what is projected under the current law because gas prices are relatively low.

A final Senate vote could come next week.


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  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on May 8, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    I would support term limits, however, I am afraid that would give these (insert chosen name here) the excuse to do whatever they like without having to think about trying to get re-elected. Yeah, it could be worse. How much of this is to raise money to pay for the stimulus money's attatched strings?
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on May 8, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    It appears we all should have direct depostit of our entire paycheck into the state treasury. These politicians are evil people. I can not believe what they are thinking. Oh yes I can , help themselves to our money anyway they can. Never cut spending, just raise taxes. Give 35 million to the GTP. Build a new pier for a pier that just got washed away a couple of years ago. Duh, how stupid can they be.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 8, 2009 at 05:27 AM
    If you voted democrat this is what you voted for. What were you thinking? Now you are paying the price. As I ascertain, NC cannot spend enough of your and my money. Its never enough. If you voted democrat do not post here, it shows your lack of research and "I don't really care" attitude. You are the one who created this tax and spend government.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on May 8, 2009 at 05:03 AM
    Time for accountability and transparency. This is something promised by Democrats, but not delivered. It was a direct promise from Obama. Pay attention to how your representatives vote and hold them accountable. No more flying under the radar. We can make a real difference in 2010 and 2012. Vote out the politicians that keep voting to raise our already sky high taxes. Didn't vote for Perdue and can't wait for this last Democratic governor to finish her term. Butterfield is out. Time to have people who represent the "people of North Carolina", not special interest.
  • by Mr Right Location: Greenville on May 8, 2009 at 03:52 AM
    The last Gov. stole the money out of the road fund to balance his budget. The current Gov. will do the same thing. Lets band together and vote these fools out of office.
  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2009 at 11:00 PM
    These same people I thought put a cap on raising the gas tax any more? They don't care about the people they have more than enough money the tax increase won't hurt them, but give them more to spend on things like $25 million dollar piers. Next time they come up for election get their voting record and if they voted for thing you do not like get them voted out and put for fresh people up there that believe in term limits.
  • by helicopter on May 7, 2009 at 08:45 PM
    You're right on the mark jp! Do we need to begin shopping for a mule and cart? I'm beginning to believe feeding it would be cheaper than gasoline!!
  • by Albert Location: NC on May 7, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    North Taxolina. Until we vote these politicians out, things will only get worse. Why does North Taxolina continue to elect these same tax and spend liberals?
  • by Buzz Location: Mill Creek on May 7, 2009 at 07:34 PM
    AND ANOTHER THANG . .This is one more reason why we need term limits for these Knuckle-Heads, and if not term limits, after one trip through if they aint towin' the line give someone else a chance at the job. DO NOT let these legislators stay long enough to get to comfortable, or build thier little Idaho's. Buzz-
  • by Rick Location: Greenville on May 7, 2009 at 07:32 PM
    Vote Republican...that's all I've got to say.
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