The co-chairs of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform have included this “valentine” in their lengthly proposal: A 15 cent gas tax hike by 2013 to help reduce the national deficit.
Though it might rile up RV owners — I know some right-minded ones around here — some are starting to voice support for the measure.
“Then there’s the provision to raise gasoline taxes gradually by 15 cents per gallon between 2013 and 2015 – an idea worth exploring,” writes right-leaning columnist Deborah Sanders in the S.F. Chronicle this morning.
“It’s a tax increase that would achieve some of the energy efficiencies that Democrats have tried to force through regulation. It’s a consumption tax that everyone would pay, including the 36 percent of income-tax filers who, according to the Tax Foundation, paid no income tax in 2008.”
“Given all the circumstances, then, it’s really about time a 15 cent increase at the pump is implemented,” writes AltTransport. “At worst, it will force people to take public transportation or drive less.”
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