Letter: Keep the gas tax

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 10:40 p.m.

    Rather than getting rid of the gas tax, increase it to pay for that portion of the military tasked to defend oil producing allies and keep other oil producing nations inline.

    To not do this is an oil subsidy. Take away this oil subsidy, and cleaner renewables such as solar and wind more use of geothermal would become more widespread. War to protect oil would also become less necessary.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 11, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    Fuel taxes are not dedicated to building roads and bridges! The money goes into the general fund which, of course is used for everything on which the government spends money. So, to say that fuel taxes are used to build transportation infrastructure is false!

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    How do we pay for road maintenance and new roads when everybody's driving electric cars or bikes to work? It kinda breaks down doesn't it? Assuming gas taxes will go up enough to fund it all becomes an unrealistic expectation.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    Gas taxes are like any other tax.

    -They go up immediately (whenever there's a good excuse)... but they NEVER go down. Even if the excuse for raising them goes away.

    Last gas tax increase I remember was excused by the flooding and the need to buy huge pumps to pump the water in the Great Salt Lake out to the west desert (to save I-80).

    The flooding's gone, the pumps are mothballed, but the taxes remain and we just keep on paying them and paying them until the excuse for the NEXT increase comes along.

    We may need to raise gas taxes. I don't know all the details on it. It just bugs me that we only raise taxes (never lower them).

    Seems like gas taxes and income taxes have natural increases built into them (if you drive more you pay more. More people move to Utah and drive... more people paying the tax and more taxes for the government to collect. Earn more and you pay more. Etc). Doesn't seem like the RATE needs to always keep increasing. Seems like it naturally increases on it's own based on your earnings or you driving.

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    Thank goodness for AAA but if not for the government, a body of citizen representatives, we would still be driving on dirt roads. Get off the government bashing Jungle and start offering productive solutions for our issues. The state of Utah taxes on gas exceeds the federal taxes and the only thing that keeps it in check is the federal tax. The only real solution is to develop renewable energy and phase out of carbon. Your children will thank us.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 6:36 a.m.

    Triple A [AAA] was a club that starter to build roads not the government.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 6:00 a.m.

    It may be that we'll have to modify the gas tax in some way as people switch to natural gas and electric vehicles. I have friends and colleagues with alternative fuel vehicles who now essentially don't pay for the roads they drive on. With the Tesla now outselling other luxury cars in California, it is just a matter of time before increasing numbers of people across the country switch to cheaper natural gas or electricity and avoid the tax altogether -- not much different from people avoiding sales tax by buying product online.

    Tesla is launching a luxury SUV that will be priced about the same as a Lexus that will cost about 1/3 the price to operate compared to gas-powered SUVs.