Gas Prices Going Up "For Your Benefit"

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

Hold on to your coin purse; gas prices are going up again. But this time, it's not the oil companies fueling the surge. It is Kentucky gas tax law.

Because gas prices hit their recent all time high, the tax is going up. Chuck Wolfe, spokesman for the Transportation Cabinet explains, "Under the law, the increase is triggered by the increase in the average wholesale price of motor fuel.”

Right now, the tax is 21 cents a gallon. Beginning July 1st, that goes up to 22.5 cents, which is a 1.5 cent increase. All that money goes into the Transportation Cabinet's road fund.

"That is what funds your highway construction, your highway repair, other improvements and bridge repairs", explains Wolfe.

Last year, the tax on gas funneled over $500 million dollars to the fund.

However, Wolfe adds, the Transportation Cabinet is not getting rich off this. "The road fund is not expected to meet its projected level for the fiscal year".

That basically means, even with the extra money, the transportation cabinet is doing what a lot of Kentuckians are doing; just struggling to make ends meet.


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  • by pc Location: harlan on Jun 19, 2008 at 01:25 PM
    i think they should only tax the areas that get the money from the transportation dept. i live in the east, you know, the red headed step child of kentucky, my county go a few new bridges from the 6 year road plan. wow. some counties got hundreds of millions to build useless roads or make already good ones larger. but, i am not blaming the governor either, i think he is doing a good job and will continue to, if people would get out of his way, ie. d williams. i do blame the my rep, mr. nelson, for failing to hear the needs of his voters, and this is why we are left of the road plan year after year. how can a county grow if the rep. doesn't hear our needs or maybe he doesn't care
  • by Hey Location: F Fort on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:57 AM
    How about instead of everyone complaining all the time...we do something about it and Trust God! Lets all be in deep prayer for our Country! God Bless!
  • by FARLEFT Location: Prestonsburg on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:28 AM
    You tell them DUMASS, I'm so mad I can't.
  • by j Location: corbin on Jun 19, 2008 at 09:54 AM
    The government doesn't read this.If all of the fuel companies would strike for a week the government would hear us very loud and clear.My husband hauls fuel, without fuel being hauled it would take 3 days tops for the fuel supply for all of Kentucky or the nation (if nation wide)to be at a stand still. Then the big wigs would hear us.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Jun 19, 2008 at 08:39 AM
    All these comments over 1.5cents per gallon. Maybe if all of you started writing your congressmen to support alternative fuels soemhtign would be done. If you dont drive more than 200miles a day there is a car for you that uses no gas, but try to get automakers to produce you one.
  • by Billy Ray Location: Banner on Jun 19, 2008 at 04:48 AM
    Stand by the rd way and watch the traffic,one state vec. after another?All day long.Turn up any hollow and see them parked, hidding from thier boss's.they don't care what gas cost its paid for by us.
  • by RS Location: Lexington on Jun 18, 2008 at 10:55 PM
    If people didn't breed like animals, they could afford gasoline. Every complainer on her has dropped a litter.
  • by Lois Location: Kentucky on Jun 18, 2008 at 10:39 PM
    Okay this is in response to Dumas. In order for you to sit there and say raise gas to 5 BUCKS a gallon means that either you dont drive or you dont work to support your family. Whichever one it may be then your crazy. People can barely afford to drive back and forth to work as it is more the less be taxed to death for road repairs that isnt happening in a lot of places is crazy.Instead of starting projects that could wait or would take less time to do then why dont you stop doing them. And Im sure the transportation cabinet isnt getting rich off this yea right someone is and it sure isnt road repair.. Glad I moved outta Kentucky a long time ago but Tennessee isnt much better.. Guess thats why so many people are going on federal assistance and more are drawing checks,welfare and even food stamps. With minimum wage going up it isnt going to help either, all the "extra money" will be going to gas and food.
  • by Misty Location: Jackson on Jun 18, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    I think that is crazy because if it is not the oil companies then what else could it be other than Steve Brashear taking money out of poor peoples pockets and sticking it in his pockets. We would be better off with a govner taking money out of the office than one that is wanting our money. Oh yeah just to mention where is all this vegas style gambling that kentucky needs so bad when we need the gas prices to go down instead of worring about gambling.
  • by devin Location: heierbacher on Jun 18, 2008 at 05:02 PM
    most of the roads that need be fixed are not getting it. when they rebuilt the bridge and ramps on exit 110 on I-64, they had to grind down one of the on ramps and pave it again...4 times. instead of making the tax payers paying more, the state should make sure the job is done right the first time, i feel that alone would greatly help meet the funds deadline.

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