Trustee Election
These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX
  • GASOLINE TAX
  • BEER TAX
Winning Issue » GASOLINE TAX


Gasoline taxes are our single most important source of transportation revenue and are used to fund the construction and maintenance of our highways and bridges. However, this indispensable revenue is falling behind what is needed to maintain this infrastructure. Since 1933, the federal tax on a gallon of gasoline has remained at 18.4 cents yet the cost of highway construction and repairs has increased 55% during that time. Advocates say we need to index gasoline taxes to the cost of inflation in order to keep up with construction costs, or our transportation infrastructure will continue to deteriorate. These advocates are joined by environmentalists who claim increasing the tax and price of gasoline will make alternative fuels more attractive. Some gas tax opponents claim the gasoline tax is becoming obsolete as vehicle gas-mileage efficiency increases and people drive less. Also, each day more and more electric and fuel cell vehicles replace those paying gas taxes. Gas tax opponents claim these types of vehicles are shifting the burden of highway maintenance onto those who buy gasoline. They say that instead of a tax on fuel consumption as a way of financing road infrastructure, a “vehicle miles traveled” (VMT) tax would charge motorists based on their road usage measured in mileage. A VMT tax would require vehicles to be fitted with GPS units that assign it to the appropriate taxing jurisdiction, record distance traveled, and calculate the amount of tax owed. Higher tax rates could be charged for heavy trucks that cause greater damage to roads. Those who drive in congested areas could also be charged higher rates as an incentive to reduce traffic. However, studies show this proposal would face substantial administration and privacy hurtles. Gas tax supporters say our present system is already progressive since people who drive more miles and those with heavier or fuel-inefficient vehicles tend to pay more taxes due to more frequent stops at the gas pump.


Pending legislation:
H.R.309 - Gas Tax Replacement Act of 2015
H.R.680 - Update, Promote, and Develop America's Transportation Essentials Act of 2015




Options


  • I oppose reforming current gasoline tax policy and wish to defeat H.R.309 - Gas Tax Replacement Act of 2015 and H.R.680 - Update, Promote, and Develop America's Transportation Essentials Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support amending the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) repeal the excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels; (2) add a carbon dioxide equivalent rate to the tax on crude oil and petroleum products; and (3) impose an new excise tax on the carbon content of methanol, ethanol, and biodiesel produced in the United States and entered into the United States for consumption, use, or warehousing; requiring the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to send to the Internal Revenue Service and make public a report on the total life-cycle emissions of carbon dioxide for gasoline, diesel fuel, biofuel, and other regulated fuels, and wish to pass H.R.309 - Gas Tax Replacement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and/or Rep. Jared Huffman (CA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support maintaining and rebuilding road infrastructure by increasing the excise tax on gasoline (other than aviation gasoline) to: 18.3 cents per gallon before 2016, 26.3 cents per gallon during 2016, 30.3 cents per gallon during 2017 and 33.3 cents per gallon after 2017; increasing the excise tax on diesel and kerosene to: 24.3 cents, 32.3 cents, 36.3 cents and 39.3 cents per gallon during this time; indexing these taxes to the rate of inflation, and wish to pass H.R.680 - Update, Promote, and Develop America's Transportation Essentials Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and/or Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support sponsoring a bill to replace the current gasoline consumption tax with a vehicle miles traveled tax, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support amending the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) repeal the excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels; (2) add a carbon dioxide equivalent rate to the tax on crude oil and petroleum products; and (3) impose an new excise tax on the carbon content of methanol, ethanol, and biodiesel produced in the United States and entered into the United States for consumption, use, or warehousing; requiring the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to send to the Internal Revenue Service and make public a report on the total life-cycle emissions of carbon dioxide for gasoline, diesel fuel, biofuel, and other regulated fuels, and wish to pass H.R.309 - Gas Tax Replacement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and/or Rep. Jared Huffman (CA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.309 - Gas Tax Replacement Act of 2015. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Jared Huffman (CA) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.309 - Gas Tax Replacement Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep. Jared Huffman, CA
Status (2):
House Ways and Means Committee
Chairman: Rep. Paul Ryan, WI
House Energy and Commerce Committee
Chairman: Rep. Rep. Fred Upton, MI


If elected as a trustee, AASHTO will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for replacing the gasoline sales tax with an excise tax on the carbon content of petroleum products.

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) mission is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel. In support of this mission, ARTBA also provides programs and services designed to give its 5,000+ public and private sector members a global competitive edge. It argues that gasoline taxes only bring in about $35 billion per year, which they say is not enough in today's dollars to keep up with the demand for improvements. They state that federal dollars provide 30% to 70% of every state’s capital-investment in highway, bridge and transit projects annually - but highway trust fund revenues have not been adjusted in 20 years. ARTBA states that without new revenues, the trust fund faces a 100% cut in 2015.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020