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Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019

* Kankakee Daily Journal

Also this year, [Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst, R-Kankakee] opposed increasing the gas tax to 38 cents per gallon, from 19 cents. It was the first hike in nearly three decades.

She said she was against increasing the tax so much at once. Under the new law, the tax would rise with the inflation rate. She said the state should have had inflationary increases over the years.

“We should have made sure we had infrastructure funded all along,” Parkhurst said.

Elected in 2016, Parkhurst said she was for proposed road improvements near the expanding CSL Behring plant near Bourbonnais. That will likely be made possible because of a $45 billion highway bill that state lawmakers passed earlier this year. Parkhurst voted against that bill because it also included the gas tax hike.

Gotta start somewhere, Representative. If the Motor Fuel Tax had kept up with inflation after it was last increased, it would be 38 cents per gallon today.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments »
  1. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 9:55 am:

    Another way to look at it is look how cheap we had it for three decades.


  2. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 9:57 am:

    “We should have made sure we had infrastructure funded all along,” Yup, we should have made sure we made pension payments all along too. Your point? Woulda, shoulda, coulda.


  3. - Tommydanger - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 10:00 am:

    Somehow, ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it too’, comes to mind. The funds for road improvements do not magically appear out of thin air.


  4. - K3 - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 10:01 am:

    And of course she (like the others who voted against it) will still show up smiling at all the ribbon cuttings.


  5. - Northsider - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 10:14 am:

    == Another way to look at it is look how cheap we had it for three decades. ==

    Another way to look at it is, we ignored cold, hard reality until it ran up and kicked us in our collective tuchus.


  6. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 10:27 am:

    Tryin to remember if the Rep bungled the traffic signal or that was strictly a GovJunk production


  7. - City Zen - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 10:39 am:

    ==Another way to look at it is look how cheap we had it for three decades.==

    Which would’ve been true if we didn’t charge sales tax on top of a motor fuel tax.

    Ten years ago, a couple of state reps attempted to raise the gas tax by 15 cents, index it to inflation, but also reduce the state tax to 1.25%. That sounded like a good plan. Of course, it went nowhere.


  8. - Jocko - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 10:41 am:

    ==We should have made sure we had infrastructure funded all along==

    Unless Rep. Parkhurst has blueprints for a time machine, what’s her point?


  9. - SSL - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 11:27 am:

    Of course there is a need for capital projects. It just seems that a $45B plan when you have somewhere around $150B in unfunded pension liability is a bit much. Since the Gov measures his personal holdings in billions, maybe he feels we all have that kind of loose change sitting around.


  10. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 11:30 am:

    ===“We should have made sure we had infrastructure funded all along,” Parkhurst said.===

    I’ll help ya. Ready?

    Ya can’t complain… “… “We should have made sure we had infrastructure funded all along,” Parkhurst said.”

    … and then vote against doing it too.

    You look and sound embarrassingly ridiculous to your own record.

    If you’re not embarrassed by this, then you are doing the whole “legislator” thingy wrong.


  11. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 11:40 am:

    So let me get this straight. She agrees there are infrastructure needs. She thinks they should have been funded all along. But since they weren’t she’s not voting in favor of the mechanism to pay for the infrastructure improvements? That’s interesting logic for your opposition Representative.

    I certainly hope she isn’t at any ribbon cuttings for any projects in her district.


  12. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 11:58 am:

    @Demo- Shorter version- “I want it but I am not for it”.


  13. - former southerner - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 1:20 pm:

    Or: I want it but I want someone else to pay for it which would be an appropriate state motto for the proposed state of Eastern Blocovia.


  14. - Froganon - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 1:21 pm:

    I want it but make Chicago pay for it.


  15. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 1:45 pm:

    “I want it but make Chicago pay for it after we kick them out of Illinois.”


  16. - Six Degrees of Separation - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 5:28 pm:

    We will build it, and Mexico will pay for it.


  17. - theCardinal - Wednesday, Sep 4, 19 @ 9:53 pm:

    We should not have raided the Road fund for the past 15 or so years ago. ( and not paid it back)…that little nugget gets lost in the teeth rattling, pot hole infested, rim bending road history.


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