Kevin R. McCarthy for Jefferson County Commissioner

Kudos to Ted Poe

Republican Ted Poe has done something that I’ve never seen before, but I have been planning to do all along.

I got an email from his office asking me to give my opinion about something.  Apparently, the house is considering dropping Federal Taxes on gasoline for the summer months.  It would mean a $0.328 instant drop in gas prices.  On the other hand, $0.184 of that money (per gallon of gas) goes directly into the Federal Highway System.  You know, all that construction on I-10.

Here’s the link to the ballot.

Regardless of your opinion of Poe or his politics, this sets a fantastic precedent for Congressman Poe and other leaders.  In simple terms: Get the opinion of your constituents.

I plan on doing much the same thing as Jefferson County Commissioner.

May 1, 2008 - Posted by | Jefferson County, Politics, Texas


  1. 18 cents? How would that result in a 32-cent drop? Is that really how small the federal gas tax is? Do we have state taxes on petroleum?

    I think this is a fine idea, but only if we cut spending to make up for eliminating the tax. In fact, I’d like to see spending cut by twice as much as the lost revenue. Otherwise we’re just digging ourselves a bigger hole.

    Comment by Stephen | May 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. The total federal tax on gasoline is 32.8 cents. Of that amount 18.4 cents goes into the DOT budget for highway repair and construction.

    I totally agree with the second part. The other side of the coin thought is how close is the DOT to being out of money?

    Texas DOT is very close to being out of money. In fact, Texas has had to postpone some projects and even stop work on a few because of lack of funds… someone messed up their budget.

    Comment by ogremkv | May 31, 2008 | Reply

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