New information released today from the American Petroleum Institute shows how much gasoline is taxed in each state. Unfortunately for Kansas, our state gas tax burden is much too high. Kansans are currently taxed 24.03 cents per gallon.
When you add in federal excise taxes, each Kansan driver is paying 42.43 cents per gallon. This rate is completely out of control and we can’t afford to maintain this tax burden — especially since gas taxes are regressive, harming the least fortunate drivers most.
The revenue from federal gas taxes goes to the Highway Trust Fund. The fund is then supposed to be used to build and maintain roads and other transportation projects. Instead federal gas tax dollars are being used to fund inherently local projects in other states, such as subsidizing subway rides in New York City and building bike paths in San Francisco.
The Highway Trust Fund is drying up, but President Obama’s proposed bill would perpetuate bad spending practices. Instead, states should call to take back control of funding and managing their own transportation priorities. Kansans’ gas tax dollars should be spent improving roads and bridges here in the Sunflower State.
Kansas’ fuel tax rate should be left in the hands of Kansans. Please see the map below to see where Kansas stands concerning the state gas tax.