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Michael: End sales tax on gasoline

Friday, July 11, 2008

Democratic candidate for State Representative in District 44 Nancy Michael discussed her request to Gov. Mitch Daniels to suspend sales tax on fuel costs Friday in Brazil. Jason Moon Photo.
The political season is officially underway as many current office holders and those aspiring to take office are traveling throughout their respective districts.

On Friday, candidate for State Representative in District 44 Nancy Michael, a Democrat, visited Brazil with one thing in mind.

She wants to get rid of sales tax on gasoline.

Michael conducted a press conference Friday in the parking lot next to Gas America, 2030 E. National Ave., Brazil, calling on Gov. Mitch Daniels to suspend the sales tax on gasoline for the rest of the summer.

She said she's been going door-to-door with voters during her campaign run, asking them what was on their mind. The result she found was Hoosiers wanted to see gasoline prices come down.

Michael said by suspending the sales tax on gasoline, citizens across the state will save money.

"If you look at it, this will save Hoosiers 24 cents on a gallon," she said. "(The high price of gasoline) is affecting their ability to buy food. I think it's time for Indiana to step up and do its part."

Michael said Indiana is one of only seven states nationwide that have a sales tax on gasoline, something she would like to remedy.

"Let's join the other 43 states," she said, referring to how she is interested in eliminating the sales tax on fuel permanently.

"It's hurting us all around," Michael said. "I think for 24 cents a gallon, we can do something for Hoosiers. Obviously, the economy is really struggling."

Michael conducted press conferences in nearby counties and said most residents felt cutting the sales tax on gasoline was a good idea.

"They think that it's reasonable," she said. "I'm frustrated that I'm seeing these high costs and nobody is doing anything about it. This is one of many things we have to do differently."

Michael is running against incumbent Amos Thomas (R-Brazil).

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Suspending the sales tax on gasoline sounds good but the reality is that it's a terrible idea. Twenty four cents a gallon is not going to provide any relief for the average Joe and the oil companies will simply have a chance to jack up their prices by another 24 cents before people start screaming about the price again.

Why is it a bad idea? We use the tax money to repair roads. No money equals no road repair. No road repair equals lost jobs for the men who would be doing the repair. Anyone selling any of the road repair materials would also suffer.

Have you ever noticed that the only time politicians are concerned is when it gets close to election time?

-- Posted by Ventuno on Fri, Jul 11, 2008, at 6:32 PM

Nancy Michael's idea is a good one. We need people like her who will bring new ideas. The politicians need to find ways to cut back instead of looking for ways to gouge the consumer. The sales tax has more than quadrupled per gallon as the price of gas has increased and state legislators have increased sales tax. State highways are in worse conditions than they have ever been. We need a change. Nancy Michael may be the solution. Governor Daniels needs to go, too!!

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Sat, Jul 12, 2008, at 6:26 AM

This is another stupid gimmick to strike a nerve with voters. This temporary fix will put 20 cents a gallon in your pocket - but it sounds good in an election year. What happens when oil prices don't go down? Guess what happens to your roads with that lost revenue? Think they're bad now, just wait!

My vote is for Thomas this time. As far as fuel prices, the real answer more oil exploration and ethanol. We have enough oil in this country to last 50-100 years! Don't buy into this stupid feel good ideas that liberals are throwing out there folks.

-- Posted by tenspeed1984 on Sat, Jul 12, 2008, at 8:19 AM

I am one of the voters that had the opportunity to speak with Nancy on my door-step, and I voiced that gasoline was one of my biggest concerns, though I didn't expect the state could do much to provide fast relief. Nancy is interested in working with the agricultural community in our district to explore alternatives with ethanol and coal, which would lessen our dependence for the long-term on foreign oil. However, I don't find the removal of sales tax to be a gimmick. The gasoline tax--a different tax that is collected to fund roads and bridges, is left untouched by the suspension of the sales tax. I didn't realize that only 7 of our 50 states add a sales tax, which is all the more reason in my opinion to repeal it. Gas is not a luxury, it's what many of us here in district 44 rely upon to get to and from work and we should not tax necessities, just like we don't tax food. I don't know about you, but I'd sure drive across town to save 24 cents per gallon! My vote this time around is for Nancy Michael, because I know that she cares. She cared enough to come to my door and ask what my concerns were, and she cared enough to do something to ease the burden.

-- Posted by WiseChic on Sat, Jul 12, 2008, at 10:55 AM

Use less gas. Easy to say, and very hard to do. You may think that it is impossible to do without gasoline, but people haven't always been able to jump in an automobile and drive 30-40 miles to the store. I think that you might actually see some of the mom and pop stores open up in neighborhoods if they would lessen the zoning restrictions in certain areas and allow people the opportunity to remain more local in their day to day lives. Personally, I don't think anyone will do what's necessary to cut our oil consumption until the government actually raises gasoline taxes and forces the general public and the auto companies to start looking for truly viable transportation options. When gas jumps to $15/gallon, people will start looking for neighborhood jobs, companies will start opening businesses closer to residential areas, small stores could put Wal-mart out of business, and auto companies would have to develop better technologies. It would be a hardship on everyone, but if you think about it, the oil producing countries are pumping money out of our economy in the most sophisticated warfare ever developed. Do you think all of these food contaminations, and product recalls, and economy problems couldn't be orchestrated by hostile groups who realize that they cannot beat us militarily, but who could cripple us as a society? Just food for thought, I will admit to not having any real answers, but people shouldn't be crying for lower gasoline prices, because there is nothing that will accomplish this. Not domestic drilling, and not removing the gasoline tax. We need to remove fossil fuels from our daily lives period, for the environment, for the economy, and for national security.

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Sun, Jul 13, 2008, at 4:07 PM

Yeah lets cut gas tax, sure that might help for about 2 weeks. Then with the state not getting the money from the gas tax then the state is going to be in trouble. Cutting the tax is not the answer. How about not depending less on foreign oil, just a thought.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Mon, Jul 14, 2008, at 4:07 AM

In response to "joemacaroon". Ethanol powered pickup trucks get 7-8 miles per gallon, and ethanol production is subsidized with one dollar per gallon of your taxpayer dollars. Ethanol production might have some effect on the rising price of food; ya think! 50 to 100 years of oil supply in this country? Thats odd, most experts don't have that information or knowledge about future oil reserves. As for "stupid feel good ideas that liberals are throwing around", these might include fear that the Northern Ice Cap could disappear by 2050. Woops, liberals got that one wrong, it might happen in 5 years, or less. Right wing, left wing, we are all in this together, but no political leadership is in the center. Good luck with your political choice, I couldn't get his office to return a phone call or an email earlier this year when I really needed help. Maybe he is like you, and he doesn't like "Stupid Liberals".

-- Posted by ucantbserious on Mon, Jul 14, 2008, at 8:11 AM

Okay, please explain this to me. According to this article Indiana is one of 7 states with a gas tax. This tax is 24 cents per gallon, but our per gallon price is right in line with the national average. How does that work? If we have an extra tax on gas of 24 cents why is our gas not 24 cents higher than the surrounding states? I find it very hard to believe that even if the tax was eliminated we would miraculously be paying 24 cents less be gallon.

-- Posted by dmbfan6277 on Mon, Jul 14, 2008, at 9:52 PM

I don't believe a national average is a great way to gauge this measurement. The price of gas varies from one area to the next for different reasons. The point is that people in Indiana pay a sales tax on a commodity of which 43 other states do not. Where this ultimately places Indiana on a continuum is irrelevant if it will shift it down nonetheless. Since the sales tax is 7%, the amount we pay in taxes increases when the overall price of gas increases. While we're paying more, the state is benefitting from higher gas prices. 24 cents is roughly 7% on the average price per gallon in the state. That amount will rise as the price of gas rises.

-- Posted by WiseChic on Fri, Jul 25, 2008, at 3:46 PM

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