Looks like we’re not the only ones who thing that we should raise the gas tax to save some money. Even the Examiner is playing with the idea.
I wish all the people who shouted “Liberal!” at the idea of raising the tax would actual read this article. It makes a lot of good points.
Currently, Virginia’s gas tax rate is 17.5 cents a gallon. Maryland’s is 23.5 cents. In addition, when you look at compared to the rest of the nation, doubling the gas tax wouldn’t be all that high.
California’s gas tax is 47.7 cents per gallon.
New York’s is 47.2 cents per gallon
Hawaii’s is 45.8 cents per gallon
Connecticut’s is 45.2 cents per gallon.
Obviously we don’t even come close.
Even Bob McDonnell acknowledged that with more fuel efficient cars being made, people are using less gas. Just imagine how much money would raise for Virginia if raising the tax by only a penny would bring in $46.8 million a year in new revenue.