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Pennsylvania Gas Tax May Soon Be the Highest in the U.S.
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Pennsylvania Gas Tax May Soon Be the Highest in the U.S.
By: Sarah Leitner


The gasoline tax would reach 75 cents per gallon, while the diesel tax would surpass $1.00 per gallon.
State Representative: "We will be the highest gas tax in the nation."
Uncapping the Oil Company Franchise Tax would allow Pennsylvania’s gas and diesel taxes to rocket upwards, making them the highest tax rates in the nation. The lifting of the cap to create higher tax revenues is an instrumental part of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to pay for repairs to the state’s crumbling transportation system.

“We will be the highest gas tax in the nation, “ State Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware) told CBS Philly. “Can you imagine what [the increase in diesel] is going to do to the cost of deliveries?” he added.

According to the American Petroleum Institute, Pennsylvania currently has a gas tax of 50.7 cents per gallon, the fourteenth highest in the nation. New York has the highest gas tax at 68.9 cents, and the national average is 49 cents.

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Jobs.
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Guess we'll be going over to Jersey to buy gas. We don't now, just because the savings isn't worth the 8-10 mile round trip from the house (And $2 toll unless you go on one of the backroads bridges)...but if it goes up that high...yeah, PA, your eastern gas stations are gonna be losing some major business.
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ArcticSplash;126204 Wrote:Jobs.

Yeah, they will be harder to get for me now because I will have no choice but to raise my prices.

Great.
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RugerGirl;126239 Wrote:Guess we'll be going over to Jersey to buy gas. We don't now, just because the savings isn't worth the 8-10 mile round trip from the house (And $2 toll unless you go on one of the backroads bridges)...but if it goes up that high...yeah, PA, your eastern gas stations are gonna be losing some major business.


I wish LUKOIL would close or get taken over.

It's the Russian-owned gas station chain. They are always the highest. I fkn hate it when I have to refill a tank [yes I drive even though I don't have a car... it's called CarShare]. The Lukoils seem to be concentrated in the NE Philly and Lower Bucks---when I notice I need to fuel up will now pull over and go to GPS to find something if I know the only thing easy to get in and out of is a Lukoil. CarShare used to pay for the full receipt when you sent them a receipt for gas but they now tell you that you only need to get it up above 1/2 full and don't pay for premium if you can because they can reimburse you for less.

CarShare used to pay any gas receipt you sent them, so people were purposely going straight to the super unleaded and paying it on cashback credit cards and airline cards to squeeze out benes. I was doing the same thing... if you use CarShare enough you can get back some of your fees in credit card cashback. That kinda went south with CarShare put in the new policy and they also raised the rental rates because loads of peeps were fueling high octane.

I already know a ton of people who do the Jersey Trek... they leave Philly to go shop at Wegman's (since Wegman's won't open up a store here), and while they're there they load up at the liquor store... depending on what you buy it's cheaper than the PA state stores, and just before you reach the toll booths you fuel up the max before you cross back in.



The cheapest gas around here where I am is Wawa. Everyone's slow to drop their prices to match Wawa when gas goes down; I suspect that's because Wawa can afford to make vapor margins on their gas because they're so much better of a convenience store on the inside than most normal gas stations.
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Gas stations don't make much from gas sales - the money makers are inside the store.
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BTW I supported this bill.

I was watching the debate tonight in the PAHouse over concurring with the PASen resolution for final passage. Daryl Metcalfe read out some example angry letters he got--probably from a frustrated Pakistani gas station owner.


More telling were the Republicans who were in full support (there were a lot). PennDOT weight restrictions really did a number on the midstate counties than I thought. The local media here put up the two items (the removal of the excise cap on wholesale purchaser fuel, right now only a part of it is taxed; now all of it will be), and the other one was Democrats upset over the work rules PennDOT will be enforcing on contractors who get awards between now and 2018.


Enough Democrats backed off of the lack of union protectionism and suburban county Republicans who have districts that are heavy transit (the Main Line of Delco and ChesCo) were obvious yes's. But there was a whole mix of Republicans who got up to speak for it because they have shit state roads in their districts they can't get PennDOT to fix and I heard the PennDOT bridge restrictions mentioned at least six times.

One Republican was harping on about the family budget, and how this bill negatively impacts women more than it does men because women make less. What if that woman's car breaks an axle because of bad state roads and she's smacked with a $2,000 repair bill? She'll probably abandon her car at the shop. Then her theoretically starving family is really fucked.

Until someone can invent teleporters, our state needs its shitty roads fixed. The Feds aren't going to pay for it. We have to do it. And car/auto gets way more subsidizes in this bill than mass transit does.


You can opt out of some or all of the tax hike. Drive to another state to fuel up, economize your trips so you drive less---do what you did in 2007 when crude oil skyrocketed and gas shot up to $4 and was heading to $5. Next vehicle you get, go with a fuel sipper instead of a gas guzzler. Motorcycles are still the best gas milage around--add one to your garage for the trips where you're not carrying stuff or got any passengers and get the M on your license.


Since this bill is huge, I'd imagine a lot of crooked fucktards will now try to weasel their way into contracting to get some of that pie without doing the actual work, or seriously overbill for it. The body politic should be screaming for those guys to have their head on a platter when it does happen.
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Quote:You can opt out of some or all of the tax hike. Drive to another state to fuel up, economize your trips so you drive less---do what you did in 2007 when crude oil skyrocketed and gas shot up to $4 and was heading to $5. Next vehicle you get, go with a fuel sipper instead of a gas guzzler.


Motorcycles are still the best gas milage around--add one to your garage for the trips where you're not carrying stuff or got any passengers and get the M on your license.


Yay for you if you can do ANY of those things.

For those who CAN'T, it's offensive to hear that I should be punished because the government doesn't spend the money they ALREADY from us wisely.
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Emptymag;126250 Wrote:
Quote:You can opt out of some or all of the tax hike. Drive to another state to fuel up, economize your trips so you drive less---do what you did in 2007 when crude oil skyrocketed and gas shot up to $4 and was heading to $5. Next vehicle you get, go with a fuel sipper instead of a gas guzzler.


Motorcycles are still the best gas milage around--add one to your garage for the trips where you're not carrying stuff or got any passengers and get the M on your license.


Yay for you if you can do ANY of those things.

For those who CAN'T, it's offensive to hear that I should be punished because the government doesn't spend the money they ALREADY from us wisely.


Yeah....if I could afford a new car and a motorcycle, I could afford a gas hike.
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RugerGirl;126252 Wrote:Yeah....if I could afford a new car and a motorcycle, I could afford a gas hike.

Everyone's screaming that they're $0.01 from total bankruptcy about everything all day every day. Gets old.

If the Saudis threw back production and gas shot up a full dollar and change you'd have to eat it anyway.
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