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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      


Question of the day

Friday, Apr 29, 2005

Very busy day ahead of me today. Need to change my drivers license, have phone and cable installed in the new house, check my storage locker, pick up the moving truck and drive north. So, I doubt I’ll be posting anything.

I’ve been getting this question a lot this week, so I’ll post it here. Should I require that people choose a nom de plume when they post comments to eliminate all of the posts from “anonymous”? People could still keep their true identities secret, but requiring user names would allow us to more easily follow a conversation thread.

I’d especially like to hear from the people who post as “anonynmous.”

UPDATE: SBC showed up early, but I’m still waiting on the cable guy. So, I killed a little time by reading your comments on this post.

The debate has already produced one result. I’ve added timestamps to the comments, so people can now refer to, for instance, “anonymous 8:30am.” The change should make it easier to follow the thread. I’m still undecided about requiring user names, however.

UPDATE 2: I’ve decided to continue to allow anonymous posting for now. But I strongly encourage everyone to pick a screen name. It’s no big deal and very easy to do.

- Posted by Rich Miller   64 Comments      


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