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Posted by B. Peg on June 23, 2006, 12:32 am

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg 38&u_sid!93722

So the tax man in Nebraska needs to raise the price of gas because the
fuel-efficient vehicles are cutting into their coffers?

Now I've heard everything.


Posted by Bill on June 23, 2006, 2:50 am

They should be arrested for violating the law of supply and demand.

Posted by Bob Wilson on June 23, 2006, 3:07 am

From the article (requires registration):

". . .
She said an increase in the variable fuel tax is needed to make up for
declines in two major sources of revenue for road-building. Higher fuel
prices have hit motor vehicle sales taxes and fixed fuel taxes, she

More Nebraskans are buying smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles, which cost
less than trucks and SUVs, so they pay less in sales tax. Motorists also
are conserving fuel, so revenue from fuel taxes has not reached
. . ."

Prius was never mentioned in the article, just Nebraskans reacting to
the price of fuel. If instead of taxing by the gallon, road taxes were a
percentage of the fuel bill, the road taxes would follow the gasoline
prices, inflation and the problem is solved.

Now what you forgot to include is the Prius higher sales taxes on these
horribly expensive cars. Yes, the Prius are subsidizing the cheaper,
gas-only cars with higher sales tax.

Not to worry, about six months ago, a right-wing, Republican hacks in
another forum tried to use the same bogus argument against Prius and
hybrids. He also omitted critical facts and made assertions not backed
up by his source.

Bob Wilson

Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on June 23, 2006, 8:56 am

C'mon, it's only a penny increase.  It's cheaper than borrowing to balance
the books.

Posted by Michael Pardee on June 23, 2006, 11:40 pm

Tax is tax. Coming from Page, Arizona today I heard the mayor saying the
6.5% electricity surcharge (Page has its own electric system) could not be
repealed yet because the expected alternate revenue sources were not a done
deal. Hmm....

I wonder how bad this gets in Europe where gas tax is so much higher in
relation to the cost of the juice itself.


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