9/13: Should federal gas tax be extended?

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The federal gas tax — 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993 — expires Sept. 30. It generates roughly $32 billion, most of it distributed to states for road construction and repairs. President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass an extension of the tax. Some conservatives want to abolish it and allow states to raise and spend their own money. Two Georgia congressmen debate the issue.

Congressman Hank Johnson, D-Ga., who represents the 4th district, believes that yes, Funding infrastructure is critical to grow our economy, create jobs.

But Congressman Tom Graves. R-Ga., who represents the 9th District, argues that no, the Feds have mishandled gas-tax revenues, mistreated Georgia.

What do you think?

27 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

September 13th, 2011
5:39 pm

Mr Liberty: “The GA legislature should be fully accountable …”

Isn’t that an oxymoron?


September 13th, 2011
5:34 pm

I’ll take the guy with Guam tipping over Tom Graves. Mr. Graves borrowed money from the bank and will not pay it back. This guy is making monetary decision. He is nothing but a crook.

Road Scholar

September 13th, 2011
5:33 pm

Ernest: The state has responsibility for construction and maintenance of Interstates and roads on the national defense highway system which includes many US routes. Did you notice that ALL Interstates also bear state route numbers? The Feds supply 90% of the funding for Interstates with a state match of 10%. The 92% of the fed gas tax we get back is divided up into different programs for Interstates, US routes, major arterials, bridge maintenance, new bridges/replacements etc as well as specialty programs such as Enhancements, Safe Routes To School and Bike/Pedestrian, among other programs.

Earmarks (allegedly no more) usually come from the overall state allotment before dividing up the state’s funding into programs. Some of the larger ones came off the top before the states’ shares were figured.


September 13th, 2011
4:16 pm

Perhaps someone can answer this. Who has funding responsibilities for Interstate & US highways within the borders of each state, specifically maintenance?


September 13th, 2011
1:03 pm

If the gas tax is repealed, gas companies will charge the same and profit an extra 32 billion a year. dont take if off obviously morons!

Pay where you Play

September 13th, 2011
12:57 pm

The idea behind the gas tax is smart. You drive, you buy gas, you pay taxes, they go towards infrastructure (hopefully). The problem is that the federal government gets it. If the gas tax stays, I at least want it to go to the states. This gives each state the ability to adjust the tax to pay for necessary improvements and potentially lower it to attract business and residents.


September 13th, 2011
12:46 pm

The GA legislature should be fully accountable for any and all taxes that are taken from the citizens of GA (or gas purchasers) and how those monies are spent. It is far too easy to pretend that money coming from the feds is “magic money” without a source. This has led to wreckless spending on worthless transit projects.

GA should have a gasoline tax that is appropriate to pay for road maintenance and construction and those funds should be used for that and that only. If the legislature cannot handle that task, then privatize the whole thing and let the free market properly address the task.

Mr. “dont’ let Guam tip over” Johnson loves big government. He loves being able to take lots of money from faceless folks in other states and spend it wherever it will buy the most votes, etc. for him or his party. Frankly both parties suffer from the same problem. Having the money pass through the black hole of DC is just another cost, just another opportunity for waste, and just another pretense to emply more parasites in government who add nothing to the much needed process of building and repairing roads.

John Q.

September 13th, 2011
12:45 pm

Hank Johnson thinks they should continue fleece us. This, of course, is the same Hank Johnson who thought Guam would capsize when more Marines were stationed on it! Way to Go Hank! Keep Making Georgia proud!


September 13th, 2011
12:44 pm

If Obama and his merry band of outlaws are not willing to allow drilling, then I say remove the gas tax


September 13th, 2011
12:31 pm

Georgia takes in far more in federal money than it pays to the Federal Government. If someone is being mistreated it’s U.S. taxpayers by the State of Georgia.