Supporters say road tax would fund most needed projects

Nov 3, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Log Cabin Democrat

Many of the projects on a newly released list of the state's most needed road improvements would be completed within a decade if voters approve a proposed temporary half-cent sales tax increase to fund a $1.8 billion highway construction program, supporters said Tuesday.

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It is a TAX

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We are overtaxed and this is nothing more than another tax although the commercials lie saying it isn't a tax. We already pay .40 cents per gallon in gasoline taxes to support the roads and we just got through giving them millions in tax revenue last year. We need to work on how we spend before we raise taxes. It is an ever increasing cycle that won't stop until we make it.
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You're damn right we're overtaxed! Hell, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department already spends $1.6 billion taxpayer dollars per year!

It wasn't that long ago that Huckabee vastly increased the AHTD funding and now they want even more?

Tell 'em hell no! We need our own money to feed our kids, not line the pockets of politically connected asphalt company owners.
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Welcome to Taxes (Arkansas). We love taxes!
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You're damn right we're overtaxed! Hell, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department already spends $1.6 billion taxpayer dollars per year!
It wasn't that long ago that Huckabee vastly increased the AHTD funding and now they want even more?
Tell 'em hell no! We need our own money to feed our kids, not line the pockets of politically connected asphalt company owners.
You guys are Probally the first to complain about road conditions. By the your GOP ex-governor used most of that money giving salary increases and benefits to the higher ups at the AHTD.
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Nov 6, 2012
 
$1.6 billion per year is far more than enough to properly maintain our roads and for improvements.
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Nov 6, 2012
 
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<quoted text>You guys are Probally the first to complain about road conditions. By the your GOP ex-governor used most of that money giving salary increases and benefits to the higher ups at the AHTD.
We pay enough in taxes now. Sales taxes, income taxes, property taxes everywhere you turn someone is wanting more taxes on something. Nationally we're ranked low in income and high in taxes, which is not a good combination.

There's a Dem governor now, and he is backing the tax increase along with the amendment giving cities and counties the right to raise sales taxes at will.

The state, schools and counties need to do what the rest of us have to do. Trim the fat, get rid of what we don't need and do their d*** job.
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We pay enough in taxes now. Sales taxes, income taxes, property taxes everywhere you turn someone is wanting more taxes on something. Nationally we're ranked low in income and high in taxes, which is not a good combination.
There's a Dem governor now, and he is backing the tax increase along with the amendment giving cities and counties the right to raise sales
taxes at will

The state, schools and counties need to do what the rest of us have to do. Trim the fat, get rid of what we don't need and do their d***
job.
Arkansas is one of the best ran states in the country. We are coming thru the recession in a lot better shape than most states looks to me like the governor and the democratic legislator controlled congress has done a great job.
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<quoted text>Arkansas is one of the best ran states in the country. We are coming thru the recession in a lot better shape than most states looks to me like the governor and the democratic legislator controlled congress has done a great job.
Then why are they asking for so many tax increases? And if you're not read the news, the fact that they want to fund Obama care will wipe out the surplus and put the state in the red.
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Then why are they asking for so many tax increases? And if you're not read the news, the fact that they want to fund Obama care will wipe out the surplus and put the state in the red.
The affordable health law comes with it's own funding. The only tax increase on the ballot was to build and repair roads in the state. As for the surplus it's about 378 million dollars and that's just about what the increase cost in medicare is. So there is no surplus. So you cannot blame the affordable health care law for using up the surplus. Just so you know I'm a educator working in a local high school. So as soon as I can sign up for the health care provided by the government I will be. I can't afford the 1100 dollars a month that my state insurance cost.
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The affordable health law comes with it's own funding.
And that funding comes for a myriad of new taxes. All of them may not be direct taxes on the people, but they will be paid for them nonetheless. It was the largest tax increase in history.
The only tax increase on the ballot was to build and repair roads in the state.
That's not exactly true. The measure to allow cities and counties to issue bonds for improvement districts also had a provision to allow them to increase sales taxes to pay for them. Good thing it was defeated. The Arkansas Constitution places taxation limits on what localities can charge. Those limits exist to protect us from government.
Just so you know I'm a educator working in a local high school.
Cool. Then can you explain why 50% of the high school graduates in our state can't perform academically at a 12th grade level even though we're spending $10,000 per pupil each year? Do you know that almost half require remedial education upon entering college? Pitiful.

Can you explain why the vast majority of high school graduates don't understand the difference between socialism and free market enterprise, the purpose of the U.S. Consitution or even the form of government we have here in America?

Do you take solace in the fact that even though our graduates are ignorant of such things they can still put a condom on a banana in under 5 seconds and that they know where they can get free condoms and an abortion without parental consent?
So as soon as I can sign up for the health care provided by the government I will be. I can't afford the 1100 dollars a month that my state insurance cost.
Hmm...so you want someone else to pay your way. Typical liberal. I'm glad people like you aren't educating my kids. I want them to be self-reliant and independent, not some societal leech expecting government to take away the property of others to redistribute.

If you think "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" is a worthy goal, why don't you move to a Communist country instead of teaching our nation's youth to destroy the freedoms we hold so dear in this country?

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