Stop Attempts to Raise the Gas Tax

Mar 23, 2004
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) made the following remarks from the House Floor: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to recent proposals to raise the federal gas tax. As the former Chairman of the South Carolina State Senate Transportation Committee, I know that raising taxes on America’s families is not the proper answer to building a better road system,” said Congressman Wilson. Watch Video “The gas tax is a regressive tax that affects low-income Americans disproportionately. The revered Heritage Foundation recently noted that analysis ‘shows that increasing the gas tax would depress economic activity and the incomes of millions of Americans. It would also raise significantly less revenue than its proponents project.’ “Instead of raising the burden on overtaxed American families, we should better manage taxpayers’ money. Millions of dollars are diverted every year on low-priority roadside enhancements that are not urgent safety matters. Also, we should repeal Davis-Bacon. As the nonpartisan Americans for Tax Reform noted, ‘transportation costs would decrease by an estimated 8-30 percent if Congress removed the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirement.’ “I ask all of my colleagues to oppose any attempt to raise the gas tax on American families. “In conclusion, may God bless our troops and we will never forget September the 11th,” said Congressman Wilson. ###