Liberal states reject gas taxes

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

Two very liberal states, Massachusetts and Michigan, have recently rejected gas taxes at the ballot by spectacular margins.

Michigan’s gas tax was defeated by voters by 80%. The defeat made it the worst defeat of a constitutional measure in nearly a half century. It failed in all of 83 counties. Having a gas tax fail so miserably that it becomes the most hated measure in the state’s history is not an uncommon event. A few years ago, Oklahoma defeated a gas tax increase by 87% making it the largest defeat of any ballot measure in their history. If you wish to go down in history as a colossal failure– a gas tax is a good way to do it.

In 2014, Massachusetts repealed their gas tax index measure at the ballot. This is a state with less than 12% Republicans. Clearly, gas taxes are a populist issue that cross party lines as both lower and middle class voters find it hard to afford the cost of gas.

How about Oregon?

Oregon has a history of gas tax defeats. The last time Oregonians have voted on a gas tax they have defeated it by large margins. In 1978 a gas tax increase was defeated by 74% of the voters. Two years later in 1980 voters rejected another gas tax increase with a 66% NO vote.

Oregonians have rejected four times using gas and fuel revenue for other purposes such as police, parks and other dedicated earmarks.

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  • thevillageidiot

    and yet isn’t interesting that the same people who vote against the gas tax are the same people who vote for the D house and senate members who want to increase taxes. take away the kicker and jigger the budget refusing to fund important things (education) while spending on the less important (creating an Oregon retirement savings board).

    • Eric Blair

      I would suppose that means that many voters don’t just base their votes on one issue. Against the gas tax, but find other issues Democrats support to be more important.

      • Whoa 2 EB smellies.

        Your appearance butt a Dem anomally of the foremost bully ghost of satanic by folly, monsier loose auger.

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