Pump Shock: Study Finds Surprising Market Impact of Gas Tax Increase

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(Washington)—Increasing the gas tax does not result in a commensurate penny-to-penny increase in the retail price motorists pay at the pump, a study of the market impacts of five state gas tax increases enacted in 2013 found.

The analysis, by Dr. Alison Black, chief economist for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), found, on average, the price for a gallon of regular gasoline the day after a state gas tax increase goes into effect only reflects about 22 percent of the new levy.  A month after enactment, only about a third of the levy shows up in the pump price, she says, and thereafter, it is not a significant retail price factor.

The study also found that since 2005 the average weekly price of gasoline nationally has fluctuated, on average, five cents per gallon.  Black says a modest increase in the federal gas tax rate to restore the purchasing power of the user fee—last adjusted in 1993—would likely be “lost” in the week-to-week price fluctuation experienced at the pump.

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Can New Revenues Help Repair SC Roads?

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After months of debate and stalemates, the senate failed to pass a bill this legislative session that would provide funding to repair our broken roadways.

But there’s a chance for lawmakers to provide short-term funding for this year. New revenues recently certified are at the disposal of the Senate and House of Representatives as they return to Columbia to finalize a budget for fiscal year 2015-2016.

These new revenues do not come close to sufficiently funding South Carolina’s crumbling infrastructure, but a drop in the bucket is better than no drops at all.

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SCFOR: Legislature Must Provide Stop-Gap Funding To Fix SC Roads 

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With political roadblocks killing any comprehensive infrastructure plan again this year, South Carolina must literally “fill the holes” in road funding with surplus dollars

Columbia, SC – For the second year in a row, the South Carolina Senate failed to pass any form of long-term plan to address the state’s infrastructure needs, leaving both the state’s pot holes and transportation funding holes unaddressed. The General Assembly must now appropriate as much of the $400 million in supplemental dollars as possible to critical infrastructure needs or risk further crumbling of state-owned highways and bridges, increased job losses in the construction industry and hampering economic development.

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WSPA: SC Lawmakers End Session With No Plan to Fix Roads

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This article was published by WSPA.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina lawmakers ended this year’s legislative session at 5 p.m. Thursday without passing what they said at the beginning of the session was their top priority—a plan for fixing state roads and bridges.

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A Letter to the S.C. General Assembly

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My name is Sarah Fields, I am 15-years-old and have just received my learners driving permit. As a teenager, getting a car is a big deal both financially and emotionally. However, this new permit is accompanied by added stress and financial burden of your car or health being damaged from the bad roads in South Carolina.

South Carolina roads are ranked the second most deadly roads in the country – this statistic is terrifying to a new driver. Our roads are not only unsafe, but the future economic development in S.C. is also at risk of suffering from your inaction.

It amazes me that these issues could be avoided if the General Assembly would pass a plan to fund our roads. Do the right thing for the citizens of South Carolina and fix our roads.

Respectfully,

Sarah Fields

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The State: SC roads plan stalled by Davis’ Senate filibuster

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This article appeared in The State Newspaper on May 27.

— S.C. lawmakers likely will drive home a week from Thursday without passing a plan to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges.

With five days left to pass a road-repair plan, one senator has taken over the state Senate, arguing a $85M proposal to spend money from a state savings account proposal should include money for roads.

State Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, along with a handful of the Senate’s most anti-tax lawmakers, also want an anticipated $400 million in additional state revenues to go to pay for road repairs, likely wrecking any plan to increase the state’s 16.75 cent-a-gallon gas tax.

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South Carolina’s Roads Second Deadliest in the Nation

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Rural roads in the Palmetto State are the second deadliest in the United States, according to a report from national nonprofit transportation research group, TRIP.

Connecticut is the only state that ranked below South Carolina. The fatality rate in SC is 3.40 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2013. This statistic for rural roads is nearly five times that of other roads in our state.

With 12 percent of our rural bridges rating as structurally deficient, its no wonder that businesses, citizens and legislators are banding together to address this crucial issue.

Dozens of people stood up for SC roads in the State House lobby on Tuesday, May 19, urging lawmakers to use the days remaining in this legislative session wisely and to debate and pass a solution to fix our roads.

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Press Conference: Fix Our Roads!

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On Tuesday, May 19 at 11:30 a.m., you’re invited to join us at press conference in the SC State House lower lobby.

A broad coalition for road and bridge improvements including members of the SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads, representatives of senior citizens, and leaders in business, agriculture and tourism will attend a rally at the State House in Columbia on Tuesday, May 19.

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ALERT: Shadowy Groups Say No to Fixing SC Roads

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There are shadowy, out-of-state special interest groups that are inserting themselves in South Carolina politics, trying to stop our legislators from making progress on our failing roads.

Here’s a warning: Be prepared when these Washington, DC special interest groups come calling.

They are purposefully lying to South Carolina citizens about proposed road funding plans and using scare tactics to try and keep the state from fixing our roads.

Check out this Facebook post by Senator Katrina Shealy:

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The State: SC Senate Punts on Bonds, Boosts Roads

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Read more from The State Newspaper:

The Senate scrubs bond package

The S.C. Senate rejected a plan to borrow $237 million for state colleges and armory renovations, but put a roads plan on the list of priorities. To get to roads, however, the Senate must first deal with a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. The anti-abortion Palmetto Family Council, in a Facebook post, is calling it “D-Day for the unborn in South Carolina.”

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