LIVE session coverage...
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Another gas tax holiday proposal

Friday, Apr 29, 2005

WBBM NewsRadio has been all over the gas price story, even adding a brief feature that encourages motorists to call in and report which stations have the lowest prices.

So, this looks almost like a tie-in story to their promotional feature.

Will the Illinois legislature pull through with relief from high gas prices? […]

Lawmakers in the Illinois House and Senate are eyeing ways to try to give motorists relief from high gas prices.

State Sen. Steve Rauschenberger (R-Elgin) says he’s eying either a gas sales tax holiday, capping the tax, or rolling the tax back, and working one of these ideas into the Fiscal Year 2006 budget.

Both Rauschenberger and State Rep. David Reis (RICE) (R-Willow Hill) say the state is making more money off the gasoline sales tax than originally budgeted because prices are higher than expected. […]

State Rep. Mike Boland (D-East Moline) says he’d make a push for a gas sales tax holiday, but he doesn’t think the governor would support it.

If the state eliminated the tax now it would cost $45 million a month. That reason alone is why a spokeswoman for the governor’s office says it won’t happen this legislative session.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


32 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 1:48 pm:

    Gas taxes go for highway and road maintenance. Less taxes, even crummier roads. Do we make every major thoroughfare a toll road?People have to understand that, despite the gamesmanship going on, the era of cheap gasoline is ending, if not already over.


  2. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 1:52 pm:

    Sorry, I stand corrected on the sales tax, which is not directly tied to highway/road improvement. However, this still begs the question of is whether our political leaders are going to look past their eyelashes and realize the era of relatively cheap energy is ending?


  3. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 2:07 pm:

    Gadfly’s like Mike Boland will do anything they can to get themselves on television. Who cares if what he is saying is not going to happen? It’s never stopped Boland before, why now?


  4. - Dan Johnson-Weinberger - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 2:18 pm:

    Horrible idea. We should be taxing gasoline more, not less, if we want to become energy independent. But (admittedly) very popular.


  5. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 2:22 pm:

    What impact would a gas tax rollback have on the distribution of Motor Fuel Tax dollars to municipalities. MFT is relied upon heavily to fund local infrastructure improvements. Is this another Springfield tax “rollback” that will only show up on local property tax bills?


  6. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 2:29 pm:

    This might be stupid, but, why don’t we tax by the gallon of gas instead of the dollar amount of gas? Then the state would always be charging the same tax per gallon. Someone could claim it to be a tax cap and the higher the price of gas goes the taxes remain the same.


  7. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 2:31 pm:

    Why doesnt Rauschenberger tell his fellow Republican in the White House to quit bowing down to the oil & gas industry and do something proactive to fight the price of gasoline nationwide?


  8. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 2:47 pm:

    The State already taxes motor fuel by the gallon; that’s the Motor Fuel Tax. The sales tax (which is also charged) is based on the dollar value of the gasoline. The other problem with a “tax holiday” idea is that the State tried it once and never really recovered (remember Governor Ryan?) the $180 million or so of revenue that was lost.


  9. - the Other Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 3:47 pm:

    Illinois is one of only a handful (maybe the only) state that charges both a per gallon motor fuel tax and a sales tax on top of that.

    But let’s face it, reducing the tax on gas is only a temporary fix. The world is reaching peak production at a time when demand, particularly from newly industrializing countries, is rising. We can have a tax holiday, but the price of gas will inevitably go up.

    The solution is a long-to-medium term strategy designed to wean us from oil. Unfortunately, the current administration’s policy is about increasing (domestic) oil production. That works for a few years, but doesn’t address the underlying world shortage of cheap oil.


  10. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 3:59 pm:

    Doesn’t this create a bigger hole in the budget for Rauschenberger to deal with when he’s occupying the Governors Mansion in 2007?


  11. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 5:10 pm:

    Rich for the record, WBBM has had the call in with the lowest gas price feature for quite some time, to you point however, it does take on greater signifigance if they are running in directly after the news story reporting on the high cost of gas. by the way the lowest i have seen was in Indiana for $1.90 of course you don’t know what time zone you are buying it in but it is cheap


  12. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 8:31 pm:

    That is SUCH a bad idea. The state can’t afford any tax breaks..especially one that would cause another million-plus deficit. Why would a clueless, lost legislator like Reis and overly-ambitious Rauschenberger decide to announce an idea like this? It’s going to anger the business community who understand the economic impact of such an idea—


  13. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 8:37 pm:

    …and I can’t imagine that the sales tax makes a huge difference when it comes to impact at the pump. Yeah, it might amount to 10 cents a gallon these days, but who’s to say if that’s because the state dropped the sales tax or the gas station just changed its prices again? There’s so much movement in gas prices I doubt anyone really notices.

    Repeal the motor fuel tax and, wow, people would notice. But it would be really, really dumb.

    And yes, other states don’t double-tax gas at the pump. But then other states tax food and medicine too…


  14. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 8:53 pm:

    If the government budgets $1 billion for tanks, how much will tanks cost?

    Similarly, if the state budgets $1 billion dollars for road repairs, how much will road repairs cost? What if they only budget $980 million?


  15. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 29, 05 @ 11:08 pm:

    I know this is an early 90s reference, but this is so bad idea jeans it’s not even funny.


  16. - Anonymous - Saturday, Apr 30, 05 @ 2:17 am:

    The huge waste and corruption in state government force taxpayers to take a “starve the beast” approach, recognizing that what state monies are left may not be
    distributed effectively among the various services, and that the corrupt politicans, the corrupt contractors, the unions, and the
    overpaid state employees and mismanaged state agencies will continue to get their cut, although perhaps a smaller one.

    Unfortunately, this leaves the
    average struggling taxpayer with no choice but to support tax cuts
    like cuts in the gas tax–any tax cut we can get. We derive little benefit from state government and the monies we are paying out for mismanagement and corruption are badly needed at home to raise our families and prepare for our (unpensioned) retirements.


  17. - reddbyrd - Saturday, Apr 30, 05 @ 10:02 am:

    I thought Rauschie had some othersilly stunt planned for Friday?
    Anyway anyone remember the last gas tax holiday stunt? George Ryan and Lee Daniels. Price did nto go down and state lost$$$.
    Finally lets remember prices go up becasue the gougers at ALL levels — BushCheneySaudiPrinceetal —want more $$$ if there was a supply problem there would be rationing not high prices Remember the 70s. If not look it up.


  18. - Anonymous - Saturday, Apr 30, 05 @ 10:46 am:

    Illinoisans can do a lot of this through self help-take every opportunity to cross the borders to lower tax states-you know kind of like canadian drugs. Of course if you don’t want to deprive our government of all your gas tax, don’t do this.


  19. - Anonymous - Saturday, Apr 30, 05 @ 2:47 pm:

    Anyone who refers back to the George Ryan Gas Tax Holiday is totally missing the point. Back then the legislators voted to do away with the tax for six months because the state had plenty of money in its coffers. (it was also an election year ploy)

    Fast forward to the summer of 2004. The states budgeteers forcasted the tax revenues from the sale of gasoline at probably $1.60 per gallon. Now the price is $2.20 or higher and the state is clearly taking in more tax revenue than had been forcasted.

    With intelligent proposals like a 2 or 3 month Gas Tax Holiday, the state will still take in the same amount of taxes and at the same time give some relief to the consumers of this state who have less disposable money to spend on the other things in life because they are using it all to fill up the car each week.

    Great proposal Reis and Roshie!


  20. - Anonymous - Saturday, Apr 30, 05 @ 3:13 pm:

    No one has really mentioned terrible effects high gas prices are having on our working poor, small businesses, and local governments.

    Because of the total lack of attention given to economic developement in this state, many of the low wage earners must drive up to an hour to work. Landscapers, mowing services, transportation providers are paying much more to operate their businesses. And local governments and school districts are spending more dollars than ever protecting and educating our citizens and completely blowing up their budgets.

    Its not suprising that the liberal tax and spend people in this state don’t see this as a burden on the tax payers - they just see more $money$ to blow.


  21. - Anonymous - Saturday, Apr 30, 05 @ 7:12 pm:

    You are all missing the point, and that includes any fool legislator who uses this attempt to get attention ploy when gas prices are high is high.

    As Americans we think we deserve cheap gas. Oil is a finite resource controlled by a bunch money grubbing USA haters, who love to take our money. Gas prices are TOO CHEAP! If they weren’t do you think there would be so many SUV’s on the road?

    Perhaps congress should force Detroit to build more fuel efficient autos. Set a real minimum standard for MPG and inforce it upon any auto maker. While they are doing that, (yeah, sure) they should tax the crap out of any imported vehicle that doesn’t meet the standard. It might help the US auto industry.

    But no more silly ass gas tax holiday proposals. They are just for publicity.


  22. - FightforJustice - Saturday, Apr 30, 05 @ 9:45 pm:

    A tax on a tax is a disgrace. A little holiday from this double taxation is a good idea.

    If we want to discourage gas consumption, how about repealing the tax deduction for purchasing a large SUV/Hummer for business purposes?


  23. - Anonymous - Saturday, Apr 30, 05 @ 10:10 pm:

    45 million a month loss in revenue equals 540 million hole in budget that is already $2 *B*illion in the red.

    Just in case anyone missed that part.


  24. - Mongo - Sunday, May 1, 05 @ 7:28 pm:

    bad, very bad idea…populists unite!

    elected a Republican with a beard!

    the guy with the noive to show his face with his name (Dan JW) is right, we should tax more here not less.


  25. - Tom Joad - Sunday, May 1, 05 @ 7:38 pm:

    The sales tax on gas was suspended for six months a few years ago. When it went back to where it was before, The Petroleum Marketers Lobby had stickers put on every gas pump saying the legislature raised gas prices by 5% at this pump, contact your legislator to complain. Those notices are still on some pumps. So, this time maybe they should include Rausch’s picture on the pump with the same notice!


  26. - Anonymous - Sunday, May 1, 05 @ 8:08 pm:

    Go Mike!

    Mike Boland for State Treasurer!


  27. - Anonymous - Monday, May 2, 05 @ 2:45 pm:

    Agreed!

    Boland for Treasurer!

    Mike knows how much of a regressive tax this is and how it hits Illinois famlies who can least afford it.


  28. - Anonymous - Monday, May 2, 05 @ 4:53 pm:

    I really hope Mike Boland does run for Treasurer. He has 10 good years of activism for issues he beleives in- CUB, Soybean Ink, Campaign Reform, and Election Reform, solid work with and for Firefighters. We need someone other than a Chicagoan on the ticket, and Mike Boland can win both the primary and the general- even against JBT. I say run MIKE run!!! There are a lot of people who will help you!!!


  29. - PrairieStateDem - Tuesday, May 3, 05 @ 10:34 am:

    intresting last few posts…

    There is lots of talk across the state about a Boland candidacy for State Treasurer.

    Its definetly been a buzz recently..people seem pretty receptive to it.

    Hope Mike decideds to make the run, we sure need a downstater in a statewide office again.


  30. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, May 3, 05 @ 12:22 pm:

    LOL


  31. - Anonymous - Tuesday, May 3, 05 @ 4:59 pm:

    rural areas and truckers hate all the taxes on gas
    AND the Tolls
    Rod may not raise income taxes but he is raised everythign else


  32. - Roger Wilco - Tuesday, May 3, 05 @ 9:14 pm:

    There is no need to have a “Tax Holiday”. The Illinois public has now become desensitized to the $2.00 + per gallon price and I doubt very seriously if the prices will ever drop much below that. Regardless of the actual cost involved.

    Politically? I don’t see how it would make much sense at all. The media and the legislature have continuously burned it in our minds the state has no funds to even accomplish its basic duties. Where would the justification come from to deprive the state of even more money?


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Rauner to veto HDem approp bill
* Munger: HDem budget will push unpaid bills past $15 billion, force delays in legislator paychecks
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x3 - GOMB says proposal would require income tax rate of 5.5% to balance *** A very odd budget plan
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Madigan: No
* Social service groups, including Mrs. Rauner's, file motion for "emergency relief"
* Facing the abyss
* Caption contest!
* *** UPDATED x1 *** SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Rauner administration denounces budget proposal
* Today's number: $7.1 billion
* Leaders to meet again today, but there may be bigger news
* *** UPDATED x3 - AFSCME responds - Rauner responds - Bill defeated *** AFSCME bill override vote could come today
* This job is more than the Turnaround Agenda and a budget
* Kirk says Clinton won't hurt Duckworth bid
* Simple answers to simple questions
* *** LIVE *** Session Coverage
* The other potential candidates
* Jewish bride denied Galena wedding ceremony
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition: Budget analysis
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Good morning!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* Samsung Galaxy C5 breaks cover in China with full metal jacket, 4GB RAM, Samsung Pay support
* OnePlus 3’s TENAA certification reveals official specs and dimensions
* Apple Patent Details Smart Walkie-Talkie Lightning Headphones
* TripAdvisor’s free new Android app also comes with gratis 2-month Play Music pass
* Skyscanner Launches Flight-Finding Facebook Messenger Bot
* Google might soon publicly point fingers at Android OEMs taking too long to update
* Uber Adds Foursquare Location Data to its Address-Finding Arsenal

* Indians 4, White Sox 3: Fitting end to homestand
* Quintana solid, Cabrera homers in loss
* South Side Sox LIVE!: Lost opportunity
* Plenty of blame to go around during skid
* Quintana solid, Cabrera homers in loss
* White Sox want consistency out of Garcia
* Quintana solid, Cabrera homers in loss

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* House Democrats Defy Governor, Push Own Budget .....
* Morning Spin: CPS sending buses of protesters t.....
* Labor Rules Could Cost Universities..
* Former Cullerton Attorney Working on Pension Re.....
* Brown: Madigan sends message, GOP digs in—and ‘.....
* Illinois Issues: Budget Impasse May Prove Setba.....
* Governor Sued By His Wife's Non-Profit - WUIS 91.9..
* Dawn Patrol: Rauner veto of union plan sticks; .....
* Rauner board asked builders to lobby lawmakers .....
* Illinois House Democrats defy governor, push ow.....


* Illinois House Democrats defy governor, push own budget
* House fails to override Rauner's veto of arbitration bill
* Illinois House speaker writing own budget, defying governor
* Man resentenced to life in prison in Alton teens' deaths
* Lawmakers pass plan limiting mentally ill from owning guns
* Illinois lawmakers approve expansion of adoption information
* Couple files religious discrimination complaint against Galena inn
* Tapes: Peterson hoped to sell drugs in Mexico after prison
* Tapes: Peterson planned celebration after hit on prosecutor
* Protests for $15 wage expected at McDonald's headquarters

* House Democrats defy governor, pass own budget; Rauner administration vows veto
* Illinois House fails again to override Rauner's veto of union-backed arbitration bill
* House OKs budget plan for next year; administration says it's $7B out of balance, vows veto
* House Democrats defy governor, pass own budget
* House budget proposal includes $700M bump for schools
* Capital Development Board director asked builders to lobby lawmakers
* Elections board addressing automatic registration concerns
* Illinois service providers accelerate state payment lawsuit
* House passes resolution to rename part of 9th St. for fallen Springfield officer
* Madigan prepares to move budget bills in House; Rauner says they're not balanced

* Sears to explore options for Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard brands
* Forrest Claypool to lead Springfield rally over funding
* Chicago reaps rewards of airport debt rally in Midway sale
* Rauner board asked builders to lobby lawmakers
* Why rising wages are good for McDonald's


* Man found shot to death after West Englewood domestic disturbance
* Man walks into Trinity Hospital after Fuller Park shooting
* Two hurt in Fernwood shooting
* Man shot in South Shore
* Man charged with Lake View burglary
* Intruders breach U.S. airport fences about every 10 days
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for May 26, 2016
* Dear Abby: Who pays to fix what rowdy kids break?
* 3 shot at NYC concert where rapper T.I. was performing: police
* 11 shot on South, West sides


* Police: 1 dead, 3 wounded in green room shooting at T.I. show in NYC
* President Obama: World leaders rightfully 'rattled' by Donald Trump
* Teen's death at residential center emblematic of 'system problem': DCFS
* Morning Spin: CPS sending buses of protesters to Springfield to lobby on school funding
* Feds investigating how nearly $5,000 check ends up in alderman's hands
* Naperville home with terrace, hot tub: $1.29M
* 'Weiner' review: Documentary tracks congressman's 2nd sexting downfall
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 5/26/16
* 12 wounded in separate shootings
* Student worries about friend's cutting


* House Democrats defy governor, pass own budget; Rauner administration vows veto
* Illinois House fails again to override Rauner's veto of union-backed arbitration bill
* House OKs budget plan for next year; administration says it's $7B out of balance, vows veto
* Bernard Schoenburg: Durbin for governor? Speculation is on
* House fails to override veto of union arbitration bill
* House Democrats defy governor, pass own budget
* Rep. Jack Franks: Why I decided to leave the General Assembly
* George Will: Britain at the crossroads
* House budget proposal includes $700M bump for schools
* Capital Development Board director asked builders to lobby lawmakers


* Top of the morning, May 26, 2016
* Baseball roundup: SJ-O reaches sectional final
* Baseball roundup: SJ-O advances to sectional final
* Rantoul, Prairie Central softball done
* Chargers, Bulldogs bow out in soccer
* Area softball leaders (Week of May 23)
* Capital Development Board email asked builders to lobby lawmakers
* Mahomet chief releases details of incident
* Parker, Kimbro earn Athlete of the Week honors
* Fisher softball highlights teams of the week


* Dawn Patrol: Rauner veto of union plan sticks; protest at McDonald's HQ
* The Latest: Obama says G-7 leaders focus on economic growth
* The Latest: Japan uses G-7 summit to hawk local specialties
* Japan urges G-7 to urgently tackle global economic risks
* Elgin gives early OK to firework fines

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Bernard Schoenburg: Durbin for governor? S......

* Introduce NDAA Amendment to Cut Foreign Ai......
* Kirk's leadership encourages support for c......
* Kirk Statement on Single-Day Surge In Poor......

* Random thoughts. Merit pay? “I don’t know any business that operates that way.”
* The symbiotic relationship between the Trib and the Illinois Policy Institute.
* Teachers (Mr. Spider).
* Illinois House passes budget bill, including school funding with no special education funding cuts. Rauner says he will veto it.
* St Boniface Cemetery To Hold Memorial Day Field Mass
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* Nicknames
* Sign From The Past
* Rauner: Make compromise a reality - balanced budget alongside reform
* State House erupts after Democrats pass $7 Bil more in spending and abruptly adjourn


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




Hosted by MCS -- CapitolFax.com Privacy Policy -- SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax -- Advertise Here -- Mobile Version -- Contact Rich Miller