Because transportation infrastructure is a gift from god?
A trio of state polls released this week show voters in states such as Georgia, New Jersey and Utah do not support an increase in their gas taxes to pay for new transportation projects.
The surveys come as lawmakers in Washington are indicating a willingness to raise the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax for the first time in 20 years.
In Georgia, where drivers pay an additional 7.5 cents per gallon on top of the federal gas tax, according to the America Petroleum Institute (API), 60 percent of voters said they are opposed to paying more at the pump to pay for new transportation projects in a poll conducted by Landmark Communications, according to a report from Atlanta’s WSB.
Similarly, 68 percent of New Jersey voters said they are opposed to a gas tax increase in that state, where drivers currently are paying an extra 10.5 cents per gallon to fill local transportation coffers, according to a Trenton Times report.
Finally, in Utah, where drivers pay an extra 24.5 cents per gallon at the pump, only 35 percent of voters said they supported a gas tax increase, according to a report from Salt Lake City TV station KSL about a poll that was conducted by the Exoro Group.
In other survey questions respondents indicated:
- that they strongly agreed with the statement: the thrill of paying 40% less to fill up the car is close to the intense high that can only be received from illegal and highly addictive drugs,
- they were strongly dissastisfied with the amount road congestion during rush hour, the deterioration in quality of roads, the riskiness of bridges and levels of air pollution, and
- they strongly agreed that it is a damn shame when people experience no discomfort when holding two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, a damn shame.