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AFP-PA Releases Updated Report Highlighting Impact of Gas Tax on Pennsylvanians

Apr 11, 2019 by AFP

Report finds that Pennsylvania households would see a new tax burden of $240 per year

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania (AFP-PA) today launched a new campaign advocating solutions for improving America’s infrastructure without imposing new burdens on consumers through a 25-cent per gallon gas tax hike, which would impact virtually every aspect of the economy.

In the first phase of this campaign, the grassroots group is releasing an updated state-by-state analysis of the real-life consequences that such a tax increase would have on people across the country. The group is also launching digital ads encouraging Reps. Mike Kelly, Dwight Evans, Lloyd Smucker, and Brian Fitzpatrick to oppose any efforts to increase the gas tax and instead prioritize key reforms that will improve our nation’s infrastructure.

This announcement is part of a six-figure national campaign.

 

VIEW State-by-State Analysis of a 25-Cent Per Gallon Federal Gas Tax Increase

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The report finds that Pennsylvania households would see a new tax burden of $240 per year with a 25-cent per gallon federal gas tax increase. The report also highlights that Pennsylvania’s combined state and federal taxes and fees per gallon – already the highest in the country – would rise to more than a $1.02.

 

AFP-PA Deputy State Director Anna McCauslin issued the following statement:

“Pennsylvanians already pay the highest gas tax in the country, and an additional increase would only make life harder by driving up the cost of gas and making it more expensive to get to work or pay for everyday goods. While it is important to prioritize improving our infrastructure, we should do so in a way that does not make it harder for Pennsylvania families to make ends meet. We deserve a better path forward.”

In addition to the re-release of the state-by-state report, AFP will begin launching digital ads encouraging Reps. Mike Kelly, Dwight Evans, Lloyd Smucker, and Brian Fitzpatrick to oppose any efforts to increase the gas tax and instead prioritize key reforms that will improve our nation’s infrastructure. Reps. Kelly and Evans sit on the House Ways and Means Committee. Reps. Smucker and Fitzpatrick sit on the Highway and Transit Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

 

AFP’s key reforms include:

  • Preserving federal infrastructure dollars for targeted construction projects of a national priority;
  • Unleashing private investment in infrastructure assets;
  • Returning power and responsibility to the states wherever possible;
  • Overhauling the regulatory and permitting system to improve outcomes and efficiency; and
  • Eliminating costly and unfair labor restrictions.

 

AFP has long maintained that there are better ways to address our nation’s infrastructure challenges than asking taxpayers to reach back into their pockets to funnel more money into a broken system. The economy is booming in large part to the tax and regulatory reforms that Congress and the administration have implemented, and we urge them not to undermine that success by clawing back that tax relief at the gas pump.

 

For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or 703.887.7724 

Through broad-based grassroots outreach, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is driving long-term solutions to the country’s biggest problems. AFP activists engage friends and neighbors on key issues and encourage them to take an active role in building a culture of mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping one another. AFP recruits and unites Pennsylvanians behind a common goal of advancing policies that will help people improve their lives. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org

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