But the governor told reporters that he hasn't decided whether 2015 is the year to ask state lawmakers to increase Tennessee's gas tax -- it would be the first one in 25 years -- or else pursue new funding mechanisms. (So, what's going on here is he is sticking his finger in the wind and seeing which way the wind is blowing. The key point for him to decide is....can he get away with?)
Or he might simply wait. (If he can't get away with it...)
"There's no way the state can continue on the path we're on now. The math just doesn't work," Haslam said. (Is Halsma using Common Core math here? If so, if he can explain how he got there, even if the answer is wrong, then it's all good) "I'm not saying we're going to ask the Legislature to do it, or they're going to ask us. We're evaluating the needs(We are deciding whether or not we Republicans, who are supposed to be for lower taxes and smaller government can get away with this...THAT IS ALL!), and is this the right time to do that or not ... we obviously don't want to do that until we have to." (We obvisouly don't want to do this if it will hurt us at the ballot box....THAT IS ALL!)
At the same time, the governor said he is "not going to go put a Band-Aid on it and say, 'Oh good, maybe we'll get another three, four years down the road.' We actually want to look at something that is a strategic long-term view."
Tennessee's gas tax -- now set at 21.4 cents per gallon -- was last raised in 1989. The same goes for the 18.4 cents per gallon diesel tax. The 1.4 cents in both cases goes for inspection fees. (Inspection fees...another pile of elephant and more bureaucracy for us to pay for)
But higher vehicle fuel efficiency standards and increased use of hybrid and electric cars are taking their toll on road funds.(Oh, of course...it's the fuel efficient cars that are doing us in...it has NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH THE MORE THAN 25% OF TRANPORTATION TAXES THAT ARE BEING DIVERTED TO BIKE PATHS AND SCENIC TRAILS so we can Live Work & Play all in the same place...you know... like China) They're not just stalled; they're going slightly in reverse and the situation will likely grow. While that's good for the environment (You know, Global Warming which isn't happening or reducing the DREADED CARBON element that our plants need to thrive?), Haslam said, it's hard on keeping one of the nation's top five road systems going. Unlike most states, Tennessee funds roads in a pay-as-you-go basis and doesn't borrow money by issuing bonds. (No, they don't borrow money, they just transfer 25% out of the transportation fund so they build Utopian style bike paths that will lead us all into greener pastures. The 25% figure comes from 2011. I'm assuming, since the government loves baseline budgeting that this 25% figure is probably closer to 40% but let's pretend that it's still 25%. If you started spending that on roads and bridges, you wouldn't need to raise taxes...but then you guys aren't about solving problems...are you? We don't have a taxing problem, we have a spending problem and if we wanted to raise taxes, we would have voted the democrats in....)
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