2-Cent Gas Tax Increase Coming To Your Hometown ~ NO NEW TAX

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The last legislature (Democrat Controlled) approved an indexed gas tax increase that goes into effect annually. This year’s reward is a 2-cent increase per gallon. Just passing the Senate heading for certain approval in the Maine House.Will Governor Baldacci keep his NO NEW TAXES PLEDGE OR VETO AS PROMISED?

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These are automatic taxes, that our weak legislature voted in, so they could be in the money, and find ways to increase taxes without going on the record.Wow, imagine, that our Gas tax will keep going up up up and up.EJ

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quote: Will Governor Baldacci keep his NO NEW TAXES PLEDGE OR VETO AS PROMISED?

Nobody actually believed he wouldn't raise taxes did they?

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Paul,As I struggle to write this because I do not want to attack my republican brethren, it must be noted that only 18 House memebers voted against this.I cannot for the life of me figure out what is going on in Augusta.R

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The press reports on this issue are not entirely accurate. The transportation budget bill that is currently in the Legislature does not actually approve a gas tax increase. The law was changed by the last Legislature so that the gas tax increases automatically unless the Legislature passes a bill to eliminate the automatic increase. A bill to do that (LD 33) has been submitted as required by law and is currently before the Transportation Committee.The transportation budget is based on the assumption that the automatic increase will go into effect and those that vote for the bill are voting to spend the money brought in by the gas tax increase, but they are not actually authorizing the tax increase. That has already been done. One could favor the repeal of the automatic increase but favor the spending plan under the assumption that the Democrat majority will not repeal the tax increase that is scheduled to go into effect in July. I'm not saying this justifies supporting the budget. I just wanted to point out that the situation is more complicated than the press reports have made out.

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Ray, you say you cannot figure out what is going on in Augusta. It is really very simple. We the people are being screwed and lied to.
Just as long as we continue sucking it up and paying, the legislature will continue sucking it up and spending it.
Bud

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Can any one please tell me what bill number or name to use to look up the status of this gas tax fiasco. Thank you .
Bud

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Was there a roll call?

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[url=http://www.bangornews.com/editorialnews/article.cfm/ID/372907/cfid/59155... gas tax likely to increase[/url]GLENN ADAMS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Last updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2003
State gas tax likely to increaseAUGUSTA - Maine motorists may have to pay another 2 1/2 cents per gallon at the gas pump as of July 1.A $594 million, two-year state highway budget that received final House approval Tuesday factors in inflation-based increases in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes.The budget, approved by a 119-18 House vote after no debate, is expected to win final Senate approval Wednesday, said Sen. Pamela Hatch, who co-chairs the Transportation Committee.The House action came a day after Gov. John E. Baldacci outlined a two-year, $622 million state transportation plan calling for rebuilding and repaving thousands of miles of highways among other rail, airport, seaport, public transit and trail projects.Supporters of the transportation budget emphasized Tuesday that enactment of the full highway budget, along with authorization of a proposed $75 million bond issue, are critical to full funding of the two-year transportation plan.Without such action, a large chunk of the federal matching funds for the transportation projects would be denied."Transportation issues in this state are really economic issues," said Hatch, D-Skowhegan.The highway budget, funded to a large degree by fuel taxes, covers state expenses for highways, state police, motor vehicles and other transportation-related services. It is separate from the general fund budget, which covers social services, education and numerous other nontransportation expenses.Like the general fund budget, the highway budget reflects a weakened economy and includes some cutbacks. In the Public Safety Department, which includes state police, 18 positions are to be cut, Hatch said.Also to save money, troopers' cruisers are to be replaced at 100,000 miles rather than 80,000, the senator said.The increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes would come about as a result of action taken last spring by the Legislature, which decided to tie fuel tax adjustments to the Consumer Price Index.[b]Before any inflation-based tax increase, however, lawmakers must vote on whether such changes would occur. Separate legislation still pending seeks to do away with the automatic tax increases.[/b]Last year's legislation projected increases in the range of what's anticipated in the highway budget now before lawmakers. Gasoline and diesel fuel would increase by 21/2 cents as of July 1, and another half-penny as of July 1, 2004.The current tax is 22 cents per gallon of gasoline and 23 cents for diesel fuel.Even if fuel taxes rise July 1, the taxes will still only be at 1999 levels, according to state Department of Transportation officials.Based on figures showing that the average Maine motorist burns 600 gallons of fuel per year, the tax increase is roughly equivalent to the cost of an oil change, the DOT says.

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Everytime I hear people ask why more businesses do not locate in Maine, I just have to laugh.

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We currently have a 22 cent per gallon gas tax, inflation was about 2% last year, how does that justify a 12% increase?When you look at the amount of money taken from the highway fund to balance the budget, you have to wonder if that fund has become just a political piggybank to finance runaway spending?If a private business was to charge you for something and take the money to cover other expenses it would be called fraud, and they would go to jail. Anyone ever hear of Enron?

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quote:Originally posted by Doug Thomas:
[b]We currently have a 22 cent per gallon gas tax, inflation was about 2% last year, how does that justify a 12% increase??[/b]

Below is the statute. The idea is that the gas tax has not increased since 1999 so the first year increase is to make up for inflation since then. (I'm not saying this makes sense. I'm just explaining the statute. I find this law very offensive. If Legislators want to increase taxes, they should have to cast a vote to do so.)Title 3 Section 33211. Generally. Beginning in 2003, and each calendar year thereafter, the excise tax imposed upon internal combustion engine fuel pursuant to section 2903, subsection 1 and the excise tax imposed upon distillates pursuant to section 3203, subsection 1 are subject to an annual rate of adjustment pursuant to this section. On or about February 15th of each year, the State Tax Assessor shall calculate the adjusted rates by multiplying the rates in effect on the calculation date by an inflation index as computed in subsection 2. The adjusted rates must then be rounded to the nearest 1/10 of a cent and become effective on the first day of July immediately following the calculation. The assessor shall publish the annually adjusted fuel tax rates and shall provide all necessary forms and reports to suppliers, distributors and retail dealers. [2001, c. 688, §8 (new).]

2. Method of calculation; inflation index defined. The inflation index for 2003 is 1.118, representing annual inflation adjustments for the years 1999 to 2002, inclusive. Starting in 2004 and every year thereafter, the inflation index is the Consumer Price Index as defined in section 5402, subsection 1 for the calendar year ending on the December 31st immediately preceding the calculation date, divided by the Consumer Price Index for the prior calendar year. [2001, c. 688, §8 (new).] [url=http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/36/title36sec3321.html]http://ja...

quote:Originally posted by Doug Thomas:
[b]When you look at the amount of money taken from the highway fund to balance the budget, you have to wonder if that fund has become just a political piggybank to finance runaway spending?
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The last Legislature took money from the general fund and transfered it to the highway fund to make up for shortfalls in the highway budget. A highway bond is also being paid back with money from the general fund. The recent transfers from the highway fund are intended to make up for the money that had been transfered to the highway fund in the past. The General Fund helped prop up highway spending when gas tax revenue was flat, now the highway fund is paying back those transfers. But your point is a good one. If we are going to have seperate funds, they should be kept seperate and we shouldn't be transfering money into or out of the highway fund.The worst example of your complaint is money that has been taken from the Turnpike Authority over the years. This has been going on since the Authority has existed and estimates are that the last toll increase could have been avoided all together if the Legislature had not taken money from the Turnpike Authority.The Senate took no action on the Transportation Budget today.

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George, Do you ever tire of making excuses for gutless politicians?

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quote:Originally posted by Doug Thomas:
[b]George, Do you ever tire of making excuses for gutless politicians?[/b]

I didn't do that. I specifically said that I find the automatic gas tax increases to be offensive.As for the transfers from the highway fund, they should be put in the context of the recent transfers to the highway fund. Did you ask if those transfers were making the General Fund just a political piggybank to finance highway spending?The idea of the seperate highway fund is that highway maintenance and construction will be funded by those that use the roads through the gas tax. The money goes into a seperate fund for that purpose. In theory, this is to protect the money for that purpose. Many think that if highway spending had to compete with all the other programs in state government for funding, it would lose out. But if we are going to have a seperate fund for highways, we shouldn't be transfering money in or out. If gas tax revenue doesn't keep up with what people want to spend on highways, either highway spending should be cut or the tax increased.[ 04-02-2003: Message edited by: George ]

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Every one will bitch and just continue paying.
Bud

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George, Are you being paid to muddy the waters?

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quote:Originally posted by Doug Thomas:
[b]George, Are you being paid to muddy the waters?[/b]

What you call muddying the waters, I call considering all the facts.

quote:Originally posted by Doug Thomas:
[b]George, Do you ever tire of making excuses for gutless politicians?[/b]

A number of strong conservatives like Sen. Paul Davis and Rep. Kevin Glynn voted for the budget. I don't consider either to be a "gutless politician." I don't think either would be part of a raid of the highway fund.

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1. Generally. Beginning in 2003, and each calendar year thereafter, the excise tax imposed upon internal combustion engine fuel pursuant to section 2903, subsection 1 and the excise tax imposed upon distillates pursuant to section 3203, subsection 1 are subject to an annual rate of adjustment pursuant to this section. The Green Machine making laws, and the Dems sucking up to it .......

Doug Thomas
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George, Who's paying you?

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