Surprise! A 3-cent gasoline tax to hit May 1

The Savannah Morning News has this gem about a hidden, 3-cent increase in the gasoline tax that will kick in on May 1:

The tax in Georgia is a flat 7.5-cents per gallon, plus an amount based on price. The part based on price is set on Jan. 1 and July 1 and goes up between those dates when the price of gas rises by more than 25 percent.

The price of gas has risen by more than 25 percent lately.
The rate of 10.1 cents per gallon that was set on Jan. 1 will go up to 12.9 cents per gallon on May 1, an increase of 2.8 cents, said Ken Heaghney, Georgia’s fiscal economist.

“It’s tied to the sales price,” said Brian Robinson, the governor’s spokesman. “It’s an automatic thing. The state didn’t vote to raise taxes.”

When gasoline prices were climbing in the summer of 2008, then-Gov. Sonny Perdue issued an executive order freezing the tax rate, saying he couldn’t justify raising taxes on gas when so many families were struggling.

Can customers expect a repeat from Gov. Nathan Deal?
Not likely.

“The governor believes an action like this, barring a state of emergency, is best taken in coordination with an act of legislation because it does have fiscal impact,” Robinson said.
“It’s not responsible to take that risk for a 3-cent tax issue,” Robinson said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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249 comments Add your comment

steve

April 21st, 2011
3:04 pm

I’ve got news… there are just as many families struggling now as there were in 2008… the tax rate needs to be frozen.. period.. end of discussion.

Skreet

April 21st, 2011
3:11 pm

I love to hear all of these people that bought a huge SUV back in 2002 when gas was cheap and then sweetened up the pot by moving 80 miles from where they work moan and complain about the price of gas. You made your choices, now cough up the cash and enjoy them…too bad you won’t have enough to take your family to the Dead Lobster this month :)

Roderick T. Jenkins

April 21st, 2011
3:11 pm

Obama is my black president!!!!!

Obama for 2011!!

Henry

April 21st, 2011
3:15 pm

What did you expect when you voted Nathan Deal into office???? Republican

Centrist

April 21st, 2011
3:15 pm

The rising price of gas has a lot to do with the Gulf of Mexico drilling embargo. It is possible there will be yet another 25% increase this year, hence another 3% tax increase.

The only good news is that a lot of gasoline consumption is discretionary, and these market (and tax) forces will reduce demand. The Gulf of Mexico drilling embargo will someday be repealed which will have a market effect, too.

Just Me

April 21st, 2011
3:17 pm

Darn well it was hidden. This is the first I have heard about it. They will gouge us any way they can. And there isn’t anything we can do about it. Moped anyone?

ROFL

April 21st, 2011
3:17 pm

ENERGY policy, what energy policy?

rogtif88

April 21st, 2011
3:19 pm

David A. Staples

April 21st, 2011
3:23 pm

If the amount of the tax is going to rise when the price goes up, shouldn’t we just change the formula to a percentage instead? $0.075 + 3.5% or whatever? Seems like that would require less government interaction in the market.

Bobby

April 21st, 2011
3:24 pm

Gov. Deal’s gas for his cars is paid for by Georgia taxpayers. So why should he be concerned about working Georgia stiffs.

Moderate

April 21st, 2011
3:25 pm

Centrist
April 21st, 2011
3:15 pm

I agree that gas consumption is discretionary, and the US consumer can easily cut back on driving so much.

However, the drilling ban has ZERO to do with the price of gas. This has everything to do with Wall Street and speculators. Worldwide consumption rose just over 2% this year and last, after declining or steady in 2008 and 2009. This puts 2011 consumption just slightly over last years consumption. If anything, gas prices should only increase a few cents.

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muletrain

April 21st, 2011
3:26 pm

Hey all those left wingers should not complain. Just means they get more money to spend on social programs….That’s right blame the Republican for the the left’s getting more money to spend….I love it!

Donavon

April 21st, 2011
3:27 pm

I got news for you Roderick T. Jenkins, he’s everyone’s President.. MORON !!!! And you will go out and vote for him again. Not because he’s a bigger MORON than you, but because he is black. Lest vote for skin color not the person who we hope will do a better job then him. MORON !!!

Donavon

April 21st, 2011
3:30 pm

He’s one of the reason gas is so high with the CAN”T DRILL IN THE GULF STAND.

Reaper

April 21st, 2011
3:31 pm

This is the biggest scam I have ever seen. They claim the economy is better but, there are still a lot of unemployed people and the ones that are not unemployed won’t be able to afford to travel to work at this rate. Groceries are sky high and people can barely afford to eat. Way to go with this new Republican leadership. Raise taxes on everything in Ga. to fund their under the table monoply. O how soon do the people forget how we got into this mess. Continue to blame the wrong people for this mess and continue to elect the wrond idiots and we will continue to sink deeper into hell.

Brett Favre was once a Falcon

April 21st, 2011
3:31 pm

“It’s tied to the sales price,” said Brian Robinson, the governor’s spokesman.” “It’s an automatic thing. The state didn’t vote to raise taxes.”

Then who did?

Paul

April 21st, 2011
3:32 pm

Why was it when gas prices were high everyone blamed Bush. Where are those people today asking the same about Osama Obama? A big part of the blame on the higher cost of not only gas but many other things falls squarely on the shoulders of this fool in the White House. This guy is a complete and udder “Train Wreck” since taking office.

Fletch

April 21st, 2011
3:32 pm

Don’t worry, all the SUV drivers are probably still flush with cash after they got the tax break from GW Bush for buying that SUV. It all balances out in the end.

commoncents

April 21st, 2011
3:37 pm

Fletch, the next logical step is another cash for clunkers program!

I can’t wait to subsidize another idiot’s poor decision

Sarah

April 21st, 2011
3:37 pm

I agree with Donovan !!!!!

Paul

April 21st, 2011
3:39 pm

Fletch failed to mention many of the SUV owners were given a bailout by this adminstration with “Cash For Clunkers”. Another failed program by this idiot in the White House. It’s been 2 1/2 years since Bush left office so this excuse no longer flys. It’s time to except the fact this “Hope and Change” President has no clue what he’s doing.

Udders go on a cow

April 21st, 2011
3:40 pm

Hey Paul. Your ignorance slip is showing. For example “It shows utter ignorance to use the word for cow teats in that sentence.”

commoncents

April 21st, 2011
3:42 pm

by the way… why is everyone crying over 3 cents a gallon? If you have a (large) 20 gallon tank, it’ll cost you a whopping $.60 more to fill up. If you have a MASSIVE 40 gal tank, holy cow!!!! $1.20 more!

If you can’t find an extra $.60 – $1.20 (per whole tank of gas), you have a bigger problem than a $.03 increase

SUV Owner

April 21st, 2011
3:42 pm

Hey “Skreet,” my wife and I have owned SUV’s since the 1990s. But don’t worry. We make enough money to fill them up each time we drive to the pump. And, we’ll be driving one of them to Florida when we go to the beach this summer. We’ll also reside in a very nice beach house paid for with cash, not credit. By the way, we have enough cash left over to take the family to any restaurant we want.

Terence

April 21st, 2011
3:45 pm

Hello, everyone. First I would like to say that we need to stop with all the dislike for Obama. Obama is a great president. He did not get us in the mess. The mess started before he was elected President. When he was senator for Illinois, he did many positive things for the state. And he was one of the senators who decline to go to war with Iraq. Obama is just one man, there are many speed bumps that are in place inside congress that prevent Obama and his administration for doing what is right for the American people. Everyone should just take a timout and stop with all the finger pointing. We got here based on world events as well as the events that are here at home.

dennis rodenroth

April 21st, 2011
3:46 pm

Deal was a democrat befpre he switched parties,so makes me think he is still in the democrat mind of thinking, and who cares what color the president is the make idiots in all colors, and we have one in the whitehouse now!

DT

April 21st, 2011
3:47 pm

Now that the gas prices are high as get out, NOW they want to expand public transportation but all those need to just take it and pay the high gas prices, those oppose to public transportation because it brings crime and more colored people in the suburbs just need to keep paying for gas. Don’t go with it because NOW you may benefit.

Also Dear right wing idiots. Who runs the oil companies? Republicans have done their best not to do anything the president needed EVEN when it benefits the American people how is that for idiots. Gas prices rise but yet all these oil companies report RECORD profits …. things that make you go hmmm.

I don’t care about paying the gas prices because I make the money, I have a good paying job and I am not struggling so do what you want

chezpaul

April 21st, 2011
3:48 pm

The fact is we use gas, we need gas, if the price goes up everyone suffers. The oil companies have a franchise and they are raking us over the coals. Yes it would be great if we had another way to power our cars but we don’t. For all the people that say we should have moved closer to work. There are no jobs out there , beggers can’t be choosers.

USC GAMEC0CK

April 21st, 2011
3:50 pm

@DavidA.Staples….did you even read your comment? You make no sense at all…do everyone a favor…Don’t vote, Don’t get elected to public office, and by all means…keep pulling for the dawgs.

Fletch

April 21st, 2011
3:52 pm

Paul – “Fletch failed to mention many of the SUV owners were given a bailout by this adminstration with “Cash For Clunkers”. Another failed program by this idiot in the White House. It’s been 2 1/2 years since Bush left office so this excuse no longer flys. It’s time to except the fact this “Hope and Change” President has no clue what he’s doing.”

Hey Paul, my statement was neither a detractor of Bush nor an endorsement of Obama. Merely an observation and elaboration based on historical facts. :)

Ghostrider

April 21st, 2011
3:53 pm

I’m so sick of Effing Taxes going up…Tired of these crooked Politicians, if a Politician has his\her mouth open you can bet theres a lie coming out. Effing Crooks.

Fletch

April 21st, 2011
3:56 pm

And I’m with SUV owner. I actually like the higher gas prices because it tends to thin out the herd on the freeways. If we could get to around $6.00 or $7.00 a gallon, my commute would be rockin!

The Reader

April 21st, 2011
3:56 pm

US government. For the people? Dream on. These days, when most of us struggle, our government should be looking for ways how to ease up the things, thus help up the working class, and start up the economy. The reality is quite opposite. Looking for more $$ to take from us – SOS. Increase taxes, even tax your friend who wants to buy your old, beat up car…That all on the top of us stealing oil from iraq, etc. Who are we? Where to??

USC GAMEC0CK

April 21st, 2011
3:57 pm

Terence – your reasoning and logic shows you are strapped in and watching the so called news then thinking you are educated about our government, taxes and economy….believe me when i say…you don’t have a clue dude.

Ghostrider

April 21st, 2011
3:58 pm

@Fletch

Your a Frigging Idiot…..

Just Wait

April 21st, 2011
3:58 pm

In case you didn’t read the article, this is a Georgia tax and has nothing to do with drilling in the Gulf or how you feel about the President. Take you complaints where they belong. GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL!

Kay

April 21st, 2011
3:59 pm

Donovan and Sarah are the MORONS. This mess was made in eight years before President Obama and it’s going to take many more years to get out!

just going to get worse

April 21st, 2011
4:00 pm

My next car is definitely going to be more fuel efficient. I get about 25 mpg city/highway now, which isn’t terrible but isn’t good either.

I think the price of gas is generally going to keep going up (there are always ups and downs during the year). I think we’ll be looking at an average of $6-7/gallon in about five years.

Fletch

April 21st, 2011
4:02 pm

Ghostrider – “Your a Frigging Idiot…..”

Not at all, just a realist. back in 2008 when the prices were around $4.50 a gallon, there was a signifcant decrease in traffic and it was great. All I’m saying is that I have no problem paying $100.00 a week to fill up if it means not having to sit in traffic for an hour to go 30 miles.

Ghostrider

April 21st, 2011
4:07 pm

@Fletch

All I can say is I’m glad I’m close to retirement, then they charge $10.00 a Gal. for all I care. I’m just tired of my paycheck getting smaller and smaller because of Taxes.

Tom

April 21st, 2011
4:08 pm

Another sneaky tax increase – what joy.

To Terrance @ our President — It’s obvious Obama is in way over his head. I seriously doubt you’ve ever done any research on his voting record as you’d realized that he voted “present” the vast majority of the time he was in the Illinois Senate. Not to mention lack of any documentation from his Harvard Law Review days (papers / grades / etc) and how he wasn’t influenced at all after attending Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years … How many more lies and inconsistencies do you need??? A blind fool with only 1/2 a brain can see right through him. My big toe has more common sense than our President …

Centrist

April 21st, 2011
4:08 pm

There is no doubt the drilling ban in the Gulf has had some effect (unless you are so partisan that you ignore it). The following link may be an exaggeration – but it is at leased BASED on market forces:

http://www.mrc.org/bmi/articles/2011/Rising_Gas_Prices_Linked_to_Obama_Drilling_Ban_in_Just__of_Evening_News_Stories.html

GaBlue

April 21st, 2011
4:09 pm

I saw Goobener Gimmeah Deal on Channel 5’s local morning show today. When asked how he felt about the recent legislative session, he said, “The people of Georgia should be pleased that we managed to fill a 200 million dollar hole in the budget without raising anyone’s taxes.” (Or something to that effect.) I said, “Bwaaa hahahaaaa! Right. What kind of a dumbfrig belives THAT *bleep*?”

Great timing Goobener!!!

USC GAMEC0CK

April 21st, 2011
4:11 pm

Centrist – please don’t use the term “market forces” on this board because half the people posting won’t have a clue what you are talking about…if you need an example…read comments posted by Terrence…that should do it.

E-Roll

April 21st, 2011
4:12 pm

Thank you Just Wait – This is a GEORGIA gas tax, it has nothing to do with Presidents Obama or Bush or Reagan for that matter. Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico or the lack of drilling (which would take about 20 years to produce oil) has nothing to do with this tax. According to the article it automatically keeps in at a certain price here in Georgia.

Some of you can’t see the forest for the trees, :-)

Ole Guy

April 21st, 2011
4:15 pm

Some of these replys do not surprise me. The propensity of some/many to cast blame in every direction is indicative of those who deserve every bit of economic woe which falls upon their lousy self-centered selves. NEWS FLASH: THIS IS NOTHING NEW, AND HAS BEEN IN THE MAKING FOR A LONG LONG TIME. That being said, there are essentially two groups of people here: 1) those who recognized the signals, planned, and took the sometimes not-pleasant steps to prepare for the onset of reality, and 2) the idiots…those who feel that they should not have to be bothered with reality; those who feel that they can continue feeding their self-centered egos, much at the expense of the rest of us.

So go ahead and complain all you want; gripe about the hardships, etc, etc, ad nauseum. You deserve every morsel of woe which comes your way.

GaBlue

April 21st, 2011
4:18 pm

Ole Guy: “You deserve every morsel of woe which comes your way.”

Bless your heart.

Bacchus

April 21st, 2011
4:19 pm

3 cents is nothing. I watched the prices go up 10 cents overnight a few times in the last month. Which is nothing when the prices are topping $4.

With increasing summer demand + Middle East instability + the collapsing U.S. Dollar driving prices towards $5, we should just be thankful they only added a 3 CENT gas tax and not a 3 PERCENT gas tax.

Thomas Paine

April 21st, 2011
4:20 pm

Here’s an idea. Use less gas. Maybe drag racing your gigantic Expedition to be first at the next red light, and doing 45 in the grocery store parking lot will become a thing of the past.

It’s pretty simple. You want change, change yourself. Fuel has been a problem in this country for 30 years, and still everyone just wants to bitch instead of doing something.

Walk, ride a bike. Maybe you’ll lose some weight and feel better.

Centrist

April 21st, 2011
4:20 pm

Looking through some trees to see more forest – this blog points out that the tax does not “keep at a certain price” but GOES UP if the price of gas increases 25% – which it has done. Some (maybe a majority) of that increase is a result of the oil drilling embargo. All you have to do is look at a timeline chart. It does NOT take 20 years to produce oil when there are rigs and workers unemployed due to the embargo.