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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Causer Votes ‘No’ on Gas Tax Increase

Causer Votes ‘No’ on Gas Tax Increase

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today cast a “no” vote on legislation that would increase gas taxes and fees on Pennsylvania drivers.

“There is clearly a need to invest in our roads and bridges here and across the Commonwealth, but I could not support this proposal,” Causer said. “I believe it goes far beyond what is truly necessary and far beyond what the people I represent can afford.”

Under the bill, the tax on gasoline could increase by as much as 28.5 cents and the tax on diesel fuel by 39.8 cents per gallon by 2017.

The tax hikes, along with increases in more than 100 other user fees such as vehicle registrations, licenses and traffic ticket fines, are expected to generate an additional $2.3 billion per year, including $1.65 billion for highways and bridges and nearly $500 million for mass transit. Pennsylvania’s current budget invests $6.8 billion in transportation.

Causer said he was prepared to vote for a proposal that would have been more affordable to taxpayers and still enabled the state to fix structurally deficient bridges and repair the roads that need it the most. However, the proposal was not brought up for a vote.

House Bill 1060 awaits the governor’s signature.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for voting NO Marty! If the state government would actually spend the money that is taken in for transportation infrastructure improvements instead of abusing it and using it on other programs they would have the some money to replace bridges and roads in the state.

Anonymous said...

Do any of these people realize how far we all in Pa. have to drive to get anywhere, Drs., work etc...? I guess who cares. Thank you for voting No.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your "No" vote. We cannot continue to be the only state that does not apply a severance tax to the natural gas industry. This would provide much needed revenue for local municipalities, schools and our transportation system. Do we really need another four years of the current administration?

Anonymous said...

Thanks Marty for trying to bring fiscal responsibility to Harrisburg.

Anonymous said...

Yes thank's Marty.

RL Green said...

Thank Mr Causer for keeping our low-income and seniors in mind. Unfortunately, our New York neighbors who bring in lots of gas tax monies to PA will go back to buying there gas and diesel in NY if this increase is passed....stop it some how!!!!!