Virginia could become the first state to eliminate its gasoline tax if the state legislature votes to adopt Gov. Bob McDonnell’s alternative plan, which calls for raising the state sales tax and imposing additional vehicle registration fees in order to pay for roads throughout the state. “We simply cannot continue to do what we have always done and expect this problem to go away,” McDonnell told the press. “The gas tax is a stagnant revenue source, and no changes to it will provide a reliable growth mechanism for transportation in the state.”
Comments: Reading further down, I had to shake my head over the fact that Oregon is thinking about charging people who drive high-mileage vehicles extra to make up for the tax they didn´t pay on gas they didn´t buy. Boy, that´ll encourage those Prius sales, huh? Don´t bother thinking about cutting back government waste, just charge people more. Bloody dingbats.
Ol´ McDonnell should have been the veep. The gas tax is one of the worst taxes out there because it is essentially a tax on economic activity. Go for it, McDonnell. This is also the sort of thing that drives the liberal granola trail insane, so it´s good politics. No need to shoot your mouth off about shutting down the government or that Barry is a Marxist Kenyan so and so. People respond to sanity in a world gone wrong. Lucidity is like a life raft. All abroad the USS McConnell.
In VA gas taxes and road tolls do pay for roads and bridges, but they also pay for trains and buses. Drivers pay for public transportation that doesn´t go where they need to go. Also, VA has pretty low car registration fees, compared to other states I´ve lived in. It is at least a creative proposal.
This is a good move. With increased US production of oil and completion of the Key Stone pipeline bringing in an additional 0.7 million bpd, gasoline could actually come down in price. Lower priced gasoline could bring in a lot of other business and lead to larger revenue to VA. That´s what we pay governors to manage.
No 3 is correct. A gas tax is about as fair as you get in that if you use the roads you pay for their maintenance. Trucks in Idaho pay by the mile. The biggest problem has been that the gasoline (at least State of Idaho) taxes have not been keeping up with the cost of materials (oil, concrete, ect) and labor for the last decade. This has been due to smaller and more economical fuel usage vehicles. In addition more lane miles must be added to accommodate the increased traffic.
The result of the above is that maintenance is not done, the roads degrade then have to be dealt with with major rehabilitation or rebuilt entirely. A case of pay me now or pay me a LOT more later. I don´t know about the situation in VA (waste, fraud, abuse) but this is a problem in all States.
Here’s a tip — don’t tweet about getting stiffed! A fed-up cook who worked at the popular food cart Milk Truck was canned for using Twitter to call out Wall Street executives who racked up a huge tab and didn’t leave a tip. “I’ve had plenty of food-service jobs and I’ve kept my mouth shut — but this time I figured, I’m sick of this,” cook Brendan O’Connor, 24, told The Post yesterday. O’Connor was flipping fancy grilled cheeses near the South Street Seaport in the Financial District on July 22 when a group of workers
Two Detroit pension funds sued the city’s emergency manager and the governor of Michigan, asking that a court find a bankruptcy filing would conflict with the state’s constitutional protection of public retirees’ rights. The General Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System of the City of Detroit filed the lawsuit yesterday in state court in Ingham County, Michigan, seeking a judgment that Governor Rick Snyder can’t authorize a bankruptcy filing that could reduce pension benefits. The funds also sued Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, who was appointed by Snyder in March
It appears that after a decade or two of acting like they care about law and order, Democrats are lurching back to being soft on crime. Attorney General Eric Holder indicated as much when he launched a frontal assault on “stand your ground” laws Tuesday. From the 1960s well into the 1980s, laws regarding criminal justice and self-defense were stacked heavily against law-abiding Americans. Liberal judges routinely handed down minimal sentences after criminals had been convicted of heinous crimes. Americans who had defended themselves against criminals using force, often in their own homes, faced severe prosecution
Lawyers for George Zimmerman get their turn Friday morning to convince a jury of six women that the neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed Trayvon Martin in self defense. A Florida prosecutor closed out Thursday´s court proceedings attempting to paint Zimmerman as an angry vigilante who "tracked" Martin through a gated community and provoked the confrontation that claimed the teenager´s life. "A teenager is dead," said prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda in his closing argument. "He’s dead not just because the man made those assumptions, but because he acted on those assumptions
“Trayvon Martin cannot rest in peace if there’s not peace in our streets,” a member of the Trayvon Martin Foundation’s board of directors told The Daily Caller in an interview Thursday. Michael Skolnik — who is also the editor-in-chief of the social activist website Global Grind — has at times accompanied the Martin family in court throughout the George Zimmerman trial. He told The DC that any non-peaceful response to a Zimmerman acquittal “would be a tragedy”. Skolnik maintains that there is “absolutely no evidence” that Martin threw the first punch against Zimmerman
The House Republican leadership is reaching out to top House Democrats to assess their support for a piecemeal approach to immigration reform, according to sources involved in the discussions. The House’s immigration gameplan is to pass individual bills rather than take the comprehensive approach advocated by the Senate. Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) team isn’t trying to cut a deal with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), these aides caution. But deeply-divided Republicans want to get a read on what members of the minority party would back when immigration reform comes to the floor.
Call in the National Guard; Chicago is out of control. That’s what State Rep. Monique Davis (D-IL) asked during a press conference in Springfield: “I am requesting with this press conference that Gov. Patrick Quinn order the Illinois National Guard [and] the Illinois State Police [to]come to Chicago and work with our mayor Ron [sic] Emanuel to provide safety for the children, especially,” she said. Other state lawmakers agreed that the violence in parts of Chicago is extreme and may spread to the rest of the city and the state but did not endorse her suggestion.
A hostile exchange took place in the courtroom today where George Zimmerman is on trial for second degree murder as Judge Debra Nelson questioned the defendant about his plans to testify. Nelson reminded Zimmerman that he has the “absolute right to remain silent” if he so desires and proceeded to ask him whether he was prepared to testify. Defense attorney Don West twice objected to the question, but was overruled by Nelson, who explained, “The court is entitled to inquire if Mr. Zimmerman’s determination [sic] as to whether or not he wants to testify.”
A division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was deployed to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to provide assistance for anti-George Zimmerman protests, including a rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton, according to newly released documents. The Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of DOJ, reported expenses related to its deployment in Sanford to help manage protests between March and April 2012, according to documents obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch. CRS spent $674.14 between March 25-27 related to having been “deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death
The defense in the George Zimmerman murder trial was winding down its case Wednesday, after the judge ruled against two pieces of evidence it sought to introduce and the chances dimmed that Zimmerman himself would take the stand. Though Zimmerman, 29, has not testified, jurors have seen repeated video recordings of him telling his side of the story to police investigators. While O´Mara did not say if his client would testify on his own behalf, courtroom observers considered it unlikely. "You have the right to testify if you want to," Judge Debra Nelson told Zimmerman
The NYPD is releasing harmless gases into the subway system during the morning rush beginning Tuesday to study how chemical weapons could be dispersed through the air. Police, working with Long Island´s Brookhaven National Laboratory, were spotted placing air-sampling devices in specific areas on the street and within the subway system across the five boroughs. Several researchers spent Tuesday morning outfitting the Columbus Circle subway station with the devices. Researchers will track the movement of harmless tracer gases called perfluorocarbons.
A Nevada family is using a rare legal argument in a lawsuit claiming police tried to commandeer their homes for a surveillance operation and then arrested the homeowners for resisting -- invoking the Third Amendment, which bars soldiers from being "quartered" in a residence without permission. The Mitchell family, in a lawsuit filed July 1, detailed the incident from July 10, 2011. According to the complaint, it all began when the Henderson city police called Anthony Mitchell that morning to say they needed his house to gain “tactical advantage” in a domestic violence investigation in the neighborhood.
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.
An odd dark vertical line that was observed in the sky over Florida earlier this week has left meteorologists puzzled. The shadowy apparition was spotted and photographed by Mike Weight at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin, Florida, Wednesday. Weight was walking on the beach at around 12.30pm. The day was bright and sunny, but there were thunderheads forming to the east. ‘I was looking North when I observed what looked like a ray of dark light coming down from a small cloud to the surface of the Gulf about a half-mile away,’ the 73-year-old man wrote in an email
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu