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Are You Ready to Talk Gas Tax Increase?

Tim Craig

As first reported (I think) by Republican blogger Shaun Kenney, Sen. Linda T. "Toddy" Puller (D-Fairfax) has introduced legislation to increase the state's gasoline tax by 5 percent.

Puller's proposal to raise the 17.5 cent a gallon gas tax, which hasn't been raised since 1986, comes amid growing calls to eliminate the controversial fees on bad drivers.

Yesterday, incoming Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) refused to rule out a gas tax increase as a substitute for the abuser fees, which were designed to raise $65 million annually for transportation.

Earlier today, Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) announced he will introduce legislation to repeal the abuser fees. Yesterday, the Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission released a report that questions whether the fees were good public policy.

By Tim Craig  |  December 6, 2007; 3:40 PM ET
Categories:  Abusive Driver Fees , General Assembly 2008 , Tim Craig , Transportation  
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I believe the post "Virginia Senate Prefiled Bills: Indecent Driver Fees and Taxes" at VirginianFederalist on 12/4 predated the post by Shaun Kenney. Toddy Puller's bill is even worse than already discussed. Because it would add gasoline to the sales and use tax, it would require Virginians to pay a tax to Virginia on any gasoline purchased outside the Commonwealth, but used within the state.

Posted by: cominius | December 6, 2007 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Can't always be first, can I? :)

Posted by: Shaun Kenney | December 7, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

why should my taxes go up cant this just be a tax increase on my neighbors

Posted by: democrat base | December 7, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

why can't you link to actual posts? linking to main pages only works until there's a new post

Posted by: bad blogger | December 10, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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