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Proposed 10-cent gas tax derailed

San Francisco Chronicle -- Bay Area voters won't be asked this fall to pay at the pump to fill potholes, improve transit and reduce traffic congestion after an opinion poll found scant support for a 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax.

The poll, commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, concluded that just 43 percent of the 3,600 likely voters surveyed said they would vote for the tax, which would raise as much as $280 million a year to spend on transportation improvements throughout the region.

"Support for a 10-cent-a-gallon tax falls far short of two-thirds," the supermajority required for the measure to pass, said Ruth Bernstein, who works for EMC Research of Oakland, which conducted the poll in February. "Even in San Francisco (where it won 50 percent support), it was short of a majority."


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2012 4:58:45 AM

they tried that locally. The 5 cents extra didn't fly either.
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robaloma
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 4:42:58 PM

ok
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 11:22:59 AM

All they had to do was conduct the poll in SF. If it doesn't pass there, it won't pass anywhere.
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remay
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 9:20:39 AM

Hmmm, that is a surprise!
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gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 6:30:29 AM

It had to be a joke, a very, very bad joke!
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tomok
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2012 2:13:00 AM

Proposed 10-cent gas tax derailed? Good!
Increase taxes when times are good, not when people are struggling to make a living with Barry's crappy economy.
Just make sure the gas taxes are used for the repair or replacement of roads and bridges NOT dumped into the general fund for use on whatever someone's whim determines.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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geminijax
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:11:52 PM

From that article:
"We don't know the reason there is so much hesitancy toward a gas tax," Bernstein said.

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, a commissioner, said he's puzzled by the opposition to gas taxes since oil companies can raise gas prices several cents without drawing much complaint.

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LOL. Looks like Bernstein and Haggerty are badly out of touch with reality. People are fed up of being taxed more with the passing of time and seeing politicians spend tax receipts without much accountability.

Plus, a gas tax hits people multiple times. It costs them more when they fill up and costs them indirectly since it increases the price of all consumer goods, including items in the grocery stores.

"A government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite on one end and no responsibility on the other."
-- Ronald Reagan
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jkpsr
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:11:29 PM

Bad news! The highway infrastructure needs tending.
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regout
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:08:11 PM

Good news.
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insightcruzer
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:08:00 PM

maybe because the last taxes that were added somehow never made it to repairs on roads
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us4usa
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:06:54 PM

Why not raise transit prices???
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joel27nc
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:06:05 PM

NC needs to reduce the gas tax!
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TheSicilian
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:04:49 PM

surprise
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Virgin55
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:01:39 PM

ok
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lightninjack
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:00:11 PM

they want to raise the money so they can give themselves pay raises.
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ctcowboy
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:57:10 PM

Dumb. Out of touch with reality
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tidalwave3
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:56:36 PM

The Bay area may have woke up :)
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30mpg80
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:56:26 PM

Tax might pass after their bridges fall from neglect
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:54:49 PM

soon it'l be the air we breathe
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Prodaddy
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:52:18 PM

How about a tax decrease or a revolt, i am sick and tired of taxes being raised because our government can not stay on a budget
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fuelsaverMN
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:47:33 PM

"NO NEW TAXES".....
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:45:17 PM

NO NEW TAXES !!!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:42:19 PM

Except for that's not what they'd spend it on.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:41:21 PM

TIGERPAW46--- SALES TAX ON GAS IS A MYTH!! IN MICHIGAN ,THE STATE TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN RECeiVING THE SAME MONTHLY AMOUNTof TAX FROM THE KING PIN ,MARATHON/SPEEDWAY FOR YEARS! WE ALL THouGHt THAT OUR 6% sales tax would increase the amount of money in our state treasury!! This has not happened!! Check with your treasury division in your state!!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:39:02 PM

Gov't already gerts too much ...
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:38:45 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:37:35 PM

Ok
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abcdMA
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:36:33 PM

this is not the time to add taxes
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Beaveronparade
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:35:18 PM

Seriously?! Does anybody ever vote for more taxes?!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:35:03 PM

I'd pay higher gas taxes if it meant no sales tax on food!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:31:03 PM

Yep.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:29:54 PM

Now if Californians can just rein in their politicians other hair brained ideas like carbon credits.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:27:47 PM

Nobody wants new taxes.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:23:43 PM

good we pay enough taxes
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Blue48
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:19:53 PM

AND SO THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA MUST SUFFER LONGER!
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SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:19:27 PM

What are they doing with all gas tax now?????
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:18:37 PM

Good for San Franfreako.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:15:26 PM

Good for california
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TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:15:11 PM

That increase in sales tax is at least in States where the sales tax is indexed % to the total cost instead of per Gal.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:09:40 PM

Need to plan ahead to install cng first than making cars.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:08:59 PM

Good
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TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:07:34 PM

It's a stupid thing to do anyway. Any excuse to raise taxes. When Gasoline went from $2.00/gal to $4.00/gal. They are getting twice as much Sales tax anyway. So just regulate part of the additional Sales tax into road maint. etc.

--State --Gasoline(¢/g) --Diesel(¢/g) --Other

Florida /--- 4 /--- 4 /--- 30.4

“Other Taxes” column includes the state sales tax ($0.12) which is indexed to the CPI and decreased $0.001. The “Other Taxes” also include the average of county option taxes: 9th-cent tax (up to $0.01), Local Option Tax (up to $0.06), Additional Local Option (up to $0.05), and the State Comprehensive Enhanced Transportation System tax (ranges from $0.055 to $0.066). The SCETS tax is indexed to the CPI and increased $0.001. Various state environmental import taxes total $0.022 cents per gallon.



[Edited by: TIGERPAW46 at 4/13/2012 11:10:24 PM EST]
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serrog
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:06:08 PM

It's only money
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Shakleelady31
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:05:42 PM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:05:36 PM

GOOD
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herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:05:00 PM

Whining over 10c a gallon.
Weenies.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:03:25 PM

If the state needs it they will get it out of people one way or another so if it is roads that need fixing then those who use them should be the ones who pay.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:03:24 PM

WHAT ARE THEY DOING WITH ALL OF THE GAS TAX MONEY WE ARE FORCED TO PAY NOW.
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Blood --> Turnip.
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bigrigAZ
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:00:49 PM


More taxes for no more improvements but increases wasted collection and fraud and greed. No wonder they voted against it.
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