GAS TAX HOAX
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The 15th and last GAS Tax meeting with Governor Haslam was the best attended,
he said and your input is still wanted at email@example.com.
It was refreshing to hear truth talk from the Governor when he admits it is
hard to get interested in financing projects like roads that take 12 to 16 years
to complete because you are out of office before you get to cut the ribbon.
WBCR appreciates Governor Haslam coming to the taxpayers for
their input and direction. Next year is an election year for all the house members
and 1/3 of the State Senate, this subject needs to be broadly discussed.
The last time this was done was under the Alexander Administration in the
The problem's we have with getting the federal government to restore
the 18.4 cents per gallon tax we pay are preventing the road construction
projects from proceeding on time according to Commissioner Schorer.
The solution should go back to the original intention as Senator McNally of
Oak Ridge pointed out and that was the 21.cents per gallon of state tax
should be spent as close to the source of the payer as possible,
and that Federal tax be spent on Federal Roads and State money on
State roads. That way when we have a disfunctional government the
taxpayers will know who to hold accountable.
A list of listener's state legislators is included in the write text of this news story
on WBCR's Blog at triple w dot truthradio dot tv at the end of this report as well as
all the talking point slides presented by governor Haslem's team making the presentation
at Lenoir City.
Everyone realizes that cars get better miliege so fewer gas taxes are paid,
and TDOT made a big issue out of only spending 10 percent on Administration,
Field Operations, Equipment & Facility, while 90 % goes to Construction,
Maintenance and Grants.
However they report spending $32 million in current projects in Lenoir City
area with $426 million of unfunded phases in those and other projects.
If they are anything like the rediciulous, Mark Johnson by pass, of what used to be the
Auto Motor Mile is a perfect example of inefficieny in management of
resources and priorities.
Which needs to be part of the change that will bring decision making closer to
home, where gas taxes paid need to stay, with local elected officials and state legislators,
managing the tax revenue stream with a regional TDOT construction project management
team funded by the local gas tax revenue stream from state and federal taxes paid.
Otherwise we will see more of what has already happened with the loss of a half million
dollars from our road maintenance funding in Blount county when the state took
our cable licensing authority to Nashville and this past year they took the beer board
authority as well and are stripping local government of resources and authority.
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