August 3, 2016
With his presidential and vice presidential ambitions dashed for at least another four years, one might expect Gov. Christie to stop paying homage to political expediency and make a statesmanlike decision about raising New Jersey's gasoline tax. But he still can't find the high road. Highway projects from Newark to Cape May ground to a halt more than three weeks ago, when Christie, rather than agree to a gas tax hike to replenish the depleted Transportation Trust Fund, decided to stop all spending.
July 5, 2016
ISSUE | N.J. GASOLINE TAX Increase needed to repair roads Summer has arrived. In South Jersey, we are keenly aware of it because of the increased traffic on our highways and county and local roads, much of it heading to the Shore. Those of us in the business community aren't complaining, since those extra cars come with tourists who spend money. But those highways and county and local roads are in desperate need of maintenance, repair, and improvement. Lawmakers in Trenton are finally working on legislation that would increase the state's 14.5-cents-per-gallon gas tax by 23 cents, to 37.5 cents, and dedicate more than $2 billion a year to fund transportation construction ("Senate opposition puts brakes on N.J. gas-tax hike," Friday)
June 17, 2016 |
TRENTON - A legislative proposal to more than double New Jersey's gasoline tax is sowing division in both parties and organized labor, as lawmakers scramble to solve a transportation-funding crisis before the fiscal year ends June 30. The proposal, which would also repeal the tax on certain estates of the deceased, drew quick response from likely candidates in the 2017 Democratic gubernatorial race, some of whom expressed concerns about income inequality....
May 24, 2016
Think Pennsylvania taxes should be fairer, more sensible? Think every sector of the economy should be taxed equally? Think our CNI (corporate net income) tax rate, the nation's second highest, has anything to do with a job-growth ranking of 41st among the states? Well, a new book, Pennsylvania Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Taxes & the Economy , dips into the complex stew of state tax structure and suggests ours could use some stirring. The gist? Our evolution over 50 years from a goods-based economy to a service economy hasn't been matched by our tax system, which pretty much stayed the same.
April 21, 2016 |
Pennsylvanians pay the highest motor-fuel taxes in the country, according to a ranking released Tuesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. State gasoline taxes and fees ranged from a low of 8.95 cents per gallon in Alaska to 51.4 cents per gallon in Pennsylvania, according to an EIA survey of gas taxes as of Jan. 1. That does not include an additional federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon. Pennsylvania's state tax is 24.9 cents more per gallon than the national average, 26.5 cents.
November 20, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - New Jersey motorists are all but certain to start paying more in taxes at the pump by the end of the fiscal year, next June 30. The only questions appear to be when lawmakers will vote to increase the gasoline tax and which other levies might be reduced to make the move more politically palatable. "We're in a crisis," Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said during a panel discussion alongside three other legislative leaders at the State League of Municipalities' annual convention here.
December 2, 2014 |
Now that millions of travelers have endured New Jersey's crumbling roads and shaky buses and trains to see loved ones over Thanksgiving, they might consider, perhaps profanely, how the state has failed to maintain these essential arteries by letting the Transportation Trust Fund run dry. Gov. Christie has been a poor steward of the fund. It was created in the 1980s by Gov. Thomas H. Kean to keep the state's roads, bridges, and transit systems in good shape. Christie, however, while refusing to raise taxes, raided funds from a scrapped Hudson River commuter tunnel to pay transportation costs.
July 14, 2014 |
What do higher gasoline taxes pay for? In Washington, the question has taken on increased urgency as Congress looks for ways to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund from running out of money in 80 days. And in Southeastern Pennsylvania, answers are already coming in, as transportation planners add $11 billion for highway, bridge, and transit projects that will be paid for largely by higher state gas taxes. Sens. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) and Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) have proposed raising the federal gasoline tax by 12 cents a gallon over two years and linking it to inflation.
July 3, 2014
IN 1993, Bill Clinton was president, "Seinfeld" was on TV and a cellphone was the size of a brick. It was also the last time that Congress raised the federal gasoline tax, which pays for roads, bridges and public transit. Over two decades, the cost of building and maintaining the nation's transportation infrastructure has gone up significantly, while the tax designed to fund the work has stayed flat: Drivers still pay 18.4 cents per gallon at the pump for gasoline and 24.4 cents for diesel.