Which State Pays Most In Gas Taxes?

Former GM exec Bob Lutz acknowledged that Americans wouldn’t embrace an increase to the federal gas tax – and he was right. There was a lot of reaction to my piece yesterday on Lutz’ recommendation that the federal gas tax be raised in 25 cent increments until gas prices reached $6 or $7 per gallon … Read more

Former GM Exec Bob Lutz Suggests Higher Gas Taxes Would Help Americans

Americans are addicted to gasoline, according to retired General Motors Vice Chairman Robert A. Lutz, and there’s only one cure: higher gas taxes. Lutz, who held positions at GM, BMW, Ford and Chrysler before returning to GM in 2001 spoke to a crowd earlier this month at the SAE (Society of Automobile Engineers) 2013 World … Read more

Hot, Hot, Hot: Air Conditioning Tax Credits Have Disappeared

We’re under an Excessive Heat Warning in Philadelphia. In May. Don’t get me started about how much this stinks. I am not a fan of hot weather – especially summer weather in spring. And yes, despite what it says in the sales papers, it’s still spring for another three weeks. The Weather Channel has offered … Read more

Will BP Arrest Change Taxpayer Sentiment About BP’s Billion Dollar Losses?

There are some moments that you remember with perfect clarity. For me, it was the day that my daughter asked me why the birds couldn’t breathe. That day was in June 2010, a month and a half after the April 20 blowout on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. My oldest daughter, now … Read more

Obama Rejects Pipeline Tied To Payroll Tax Cut Deal

It is, in fact, true that the Republicans are moving ahead with plans to tack on the Keystone XL pipeline as part of a package to extend the payroll tax cuts for next year. It is equally true that President Obama is not happy about this turn of events and has threatened to block any … Read more

Who Stole The Green Movement?

Today, more than 500 elementary school students in our local public school hauled recyclable bags filled with more recyclable plastic bags to school to mark America Recycles Day. Our green clubs are counting the bags – we already know that one kindergarten class brought in nearly 2000 – and putting them aside to reuse (for … Read more