Awww GAAADS!!! Is this lunatic serious??? Is raising the State or Federal gas tax really "capturing" Exxon's profits? Or is it merely taking more money out of taxpayers' wallets and family budgets??
Senators differed over how gas taxes affect prices on either side of the state line. Murphy said Wisconsinites usually pay 3 cents to 8 cents a gallon more than Minnesotans. Sen. Debbie Johnson, R-Ham Lake, said the difference is 20 cents.
But Murphy said a fluctuating world oil market exerts a much greater effect on prices at the gas pump.
"Right now, a lot of that is going to Exxon," he said. "But we can capture some of that profit and spend it on our roads."
Word to Murphy: Exxon will make the same amount of profits regardless of the taxes you impose on the taxpayers! It's called--raising the price at the pumps!
Is it just me, or does it seem excessively scary that this ignoramus not only has the power to write law, but to vote on it??
To exacerbate the fruits of their blatant ignorance, if Murphy and other MN DFLers have their way, taxes (and accompanying prices at the pump) will increase ad infinitum:
The proposed 10-cent-a-gallon gasoline-tax increase moving through the Minnesota Legislature could end up being higher than that, maybe more than twice as high.Gee--ya think so, Steve?
Tucked away in a big transportation funding bill being fast-tracked to a Senate floor vote today are future increases in Minnesota's gas tax that could push it from 20 cents a gallon to more than 40 cents over 10 years, higher than any state's current bite at the pump.
"I'm not trying to fool anybody," said Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, sponsor of the measure that would increase funding for roads and transit by $1.5 billion a year once it was fully implemented in the next decade. "There's a lot of taxes in this bill." (Said Murphy, whilst wiping the excess drool from his mouth--ed)