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Gas taxes will be going up.

June 19, 2008

How do I know?

Americans drive 1.4 billion fewer highway miles

Americans drove 1.4 billion fewer highway miles in April than they did in April 2007, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

That marks the sixth consecutive monthly drop and coincides with record gas prices and an increase in transit ridership, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said.

Yeah, I can hear you out there. “So? What does this have to do with gas taxes?”

Well here’s the money quote:

Peters expressed concern that the cutbacks have resulted in the collection of fewer taxes on gasoline. Such taxes are funneled to the federal Highway Trust Fund, which gets 18.4 cents per gallon from gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon from diesel fuel.

“History shows that we’re going to continue to see congested roads while gas tax revenues decline even further,” she said.

In addition to driving less, Americans are buying smaller vehicles. Peters said sales of midsize SUV dropped 38 percent last month compared with May of last year as Americans increasingly choose to drive cars, the department said.

Fewer taxes? Oh no. We can’t have that. The Government is never expected to make do with less. Only the citizen. Need proof? Just look around for a few water bill tax stories. There’s plenty of them out there. In fact, he’s an entry I wrote about one back in 2006:

Local Government raises water bills BECAUSE…

Water bills in Harrisburg are going up. The Harrisburg Authority has approved a 13.5 percent rate increase that takes effect immediately. A household of four would see an average increase of $4.04 a month.The authority said the increase is due to a significant drop in water usage because people are conserving more.

No good deed goes unpunished. Conserve more and you will be taxed more.

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