Special Session?

DuBose Porter wants one.

Dublin state Rep. DuBose Porter, the House minority leader, has called for a special session to lower Georgia’s gas tax.Porter, D-Dublin, sent Gov. Sonny Perdue a letter dated June 1, asking Perdue to call the session and roll back the recent tax increase, which automatically went into effect on the same day. The 2.1 cent per gallon increase kicked in because of a state law that adjusts the tax when the price of gasoline rises of falls 25 percent from a preset average.

15 comments

  1. rightofcenter says:

    I’m surprised DuBose could squeeze in a comment on the gas tax in between his campaigning for John Edwards.

    There is consensus in the old media, the talking head world, and the blogosphere that Edwards is running to the left of all the serious candidates. To the left of Obama, to the left of Hillary. Yet this is the person that Georgia Democrats (remember, they’re different than the national Dems) are supporting for president. What could they possibly like about his position on the issues this year? Iraq? He’s Moveon.org’s guy this year. Healthcare? Socialized medicine for all. Unions? Yep, he’s their guy, too. It must be the Southern (although feminized) accent.

  2. gmcdaniel85 says:

    A Democrat asking for a special session for a tax cut. That really fits right into to ever thing else crazy that has gone on this year…

  3. Chris says:

    2.1 cents per gallon? Even on a 30 gal tank, its only 63 cents per fill-up. Hardly justification for a special session.

  4. AubieTurtle says:

    It’s obviously a political game. Sonny painted himself into a corner when he waived the gas tax after Katrina. Like feeding a stray cat, once you waive a tax due to high prices, people expect it every time. Sonny has already shown he has no desire to repeat his past trick, likely because he isn’t facing re-election. So Porter gets to call for the repeal of a tax he knows that Sonny won’t do anything about and gets to look like the good guy without actually accomplishing anything.

    But why is this considered a tax increase? When the price of a book goes from $10 to $12, the extra $.14 paid in taxes isn’t considered a tax increase. If I understand correctly, all that has happened is that the percentage tax per gallon has been updated to accurately reflect the the increase in the gas price. With most purchases this change in tax amount happens instantly when the price changes since the percentage is calculated at the time of purchase. For some reason the state has chosen to calculate the gas tax percentage only twice a year or after a certain threshold of change has been exceeded. I suspect this goes back to the days of non-digital gas pumps that couldn’t add on taxes by percentage. Now that we are in an age of modern gas pumps, the state should stop with the semi-annual update and have the pumps calculate the tax at time of sale like we do for everything else from hot dogs to snow shoes.

    When it comes down to it, all one has to look at is the difference between the money DOT needs for the road projects that aren’t even going to keep up with the growth in congestion versus the amount of revenue the gas tax brings in to see that there is already a major shortfall. Rolling back the gas tax would only result in the funding for roads appearing in some other tax, most likely property or another couple of pennies on the state sales tax. Until we privatize our roads and start paying tolls or we start driving less, the gas tax is going to be us.

  5. Bill Simon says:

    The population of stray cats can be greatly reduced by an aggressive program of spaying and neutering them.

    I think politicians deserve the same program…

  6. Chris says:

    HR416 – A RESOLUTION proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to provide for a legislator sterilization support program and provide funds for the program from the sale of special license plates; and for other purposes.

  7. Federalist says:

    I am willing to bet if Porter was a GOPer Farris would be praising the lords of tax cuts…but since he is a partisan hack, this is a tragedy isn’t it/

  8. Doug Deal says:

    It’s as useless as driving across town to save 5 cents a gallon on gas. A 16 gallon fill saves you 80 cents, but you end up spending almost a half gallon to go there and back, costing $1.50.

  9. Federalist says:

    Whatever. Sonny was praised for suspending the gas tax after katrina, which was also a marginal relief to the citizens of ga. Why not give Porter some praise for his efforts. I fill up three times a week. With a 13 gallon tank that adds up to 81 cents a week. Enough for a cheap cup of coffe on monday morning! 52 weeks in a year, that 42 dollars! Enough for a bottle of single malt scotch…now that is what I am talking about.

  10. Holly says:

    For what it’s worth, I do drive the five minutes to South Carolina to save $.15 per gallon. That, my friends, is worth it.

  11. rightofcenter says:

    Bill,
    Now that would be worth going to Clempsun to see.

    Diplomacy is calmly calling “here boy, here boy” to a Dawg while you search for a stick to knock the hell out of him….

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