No gas tax until Governor Markell is OUT OF OFFICE

Option to fix Delaware roads: Higher wholesale gas taxes Jonathan Starkey, The News Journal

“The governor is interested in getting revenue into the Transportation Trust Fund, which is chronically underfunded,” said Mike Barlow, Markell’s chief of staff. “There are a lot of major projects out there that need to be funded.”

Delaware Governor Markell cannot be trusted with one additional dime of taxpayer’s money! Markell and Alan’s wheeling and dealing with taxpayer’s money didn’t do the state’s budget any good nor did it yield the Fisker and Bloom jobs as promised.

Governor Markell is pissing away millions on his efforts to re-engineering public education creating unnecessarily jobs at the Delaware Department of Education. Then he has the nerve to create new state funded job for those DE DOE employees being paid with now expired federal Race to The Top funding.

Sure we want the potholes filled and road repaired and ungraded! However, Governor Markell cannot be trusted. He runs a stealth government via backdoor tactics including illegal e-mail accounts doing state business out of the eyes of FOIA.

The economy is expanding but no thanks to Jack Markell! The natural cycles of the world economy has swung. Markell brags about all the new jobs he created in Delaware but shows no new revenues.

“Bottom line is we’re looking at everything we can,” said House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, a Rehoboth Democrat, who would not rule out higher gas taxes. Schwartzkopf said the discussion about wholesale taxes dates to 2014, but added that “there’s no consensus on anything right now.”

Pete, do a top to bottom audit of the Delaware Department of Education and you’ll find some waste! Raising the gas tax by 5 cents isn’t going to break the bank! However, your loyalty to Jack Markell is very concerning! You’ve done all you can including bullying legislators to keep the wagons circled around Markell. You’ve enable Markell to become an obsessive self-serving dictator. The waste is there Pete! Go find it! And don’t forget Bloom didn’t delivery on those jobs. Defund Bloom! 

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19 responses to “No gas tax until Governor Markell is OUT OF OFFICE

  1. Most states do fuel taxes all wrong. They charge a set amount per gallon, i.e. $.25. Problem is two-fold. 1) Vehicles are using less fuel and the revenues are going down, and 2) a set amount fails to keep up with inflation of infrastructure costs.

    Most of the time, due to politics, it takes and act of God to change this rate of tax in the legislatures. The solution is actually pretty simple, remove the set tax per gallon and replace it with a sales tax. The local governments who have done this have no problem keeping enough revenue to maintain roads.

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  2. I know you dislike how Markell pushed through his corporate agenda to privatize public schools which in your case means dissing all those who are exceptional…. but the gas tax and Markell need to be divorced on this one. Today my gas is 15 cents less than it was last Sunday… Meaning 10 cents is absolutely nothing..

    Yet the benefit is great…. For the $125 per year I was already paying in gas, I can save 3 alignments a year or the $249 dollars which I do have to pay now. Furthermore, 60% of the gas in Delaware is sold to out-of-staters here in the summer and at spots along 95…..

    They are paying to fix our roads for us… How nice…

    There are a thousand good reasons to raise the gas tax now. Your one against it, is really grandstanding since it’s effect on actual people would be a huge plus….

    Plus there are more educational things in our actual arena that need discussed, which is a far more important use of time over that of getting distracted by an outlying issue.

    Bottom line the 10 cent gas tax hike is most excellent policy. Fighting an excellent policy to bolster ones own struggling fight for better schools, is not the direction anyone should follow. 🙂

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    • kilroysdelaware

      “I can save 3 alignments a year or the $249 dollars which I do have to pay now”

      Dude go to Firestone Prices Corner at pay the extra for lifetime ligament warranted excluding parts.

      So we can’t have world-class public schools with potholes 🙂 I don’t oppose paying a little more however, I don’t want it the hands of Markell or at best we need public oversight of transportation funding. AND DOE REMEMBER , the former CFO of Red Clay re: the one who $$$$$$$$ error and kiss former super’s ass works for DELDOT. We need to divorce Markell

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  3. They have lifetime alignment policies? Never knew that….

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  4. kilroysdelaware

    Wheel Alignment: LIFETIME
    “The lifetime wheel alignment comes complete with everything included in the standard alignment, plus:”

    “A lifetime limited warranty*, meaning Firestone will realign your car whenever you need it, for free, for as long as you own the car.”
    see bottom of the page http://www.firestonecompleteautocare.com/repair/alignment.jsp

    I think it was $79.00 for the life time warranty. I go to Firestone at Prices Corner, very clean place.

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    • Get the lifetime when you get tires and they align and rotate for free. I do it everytime I get an oil change

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  5. Fund DOT from the RTTT positions that should no longer exist.
    Cancel all contracts for SBAC and use the money to help our highest poverty schools….Remove Murphy and lets celebrate !!

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  6. How many roads could be fixed with all the money they’ve pulled from the transportation trust fund over the years to fund other failures

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  7. lastDEconservative

    How can one not love living in Delaware? Especially as an elected official, or as a state bureaucrat. The discussion that should be about the utter absence of leadership and stewardship of hundreds of millions of dollars of hard earned and confiscated tax money, every year, over and over and over, just at DelDOT, is actually a conversation about how one might save a couple bucks repairing the damage caused the leviathan’s inability to perform. And this from a DF denizen who never met a tax increase s/he couldn’t endorse! The elected and the appointed must be going to acting school to learn how to contain the mirth when they deal with the great unwashed out here in the DFZ. (Discernment Free Zone)

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  8. lastDEconservative

    As I understand it, nobody, not even the august Caesar Rodney boys can get at the data for state retiree costs. One need not be a rocket surgeon to realize that the cost is growing exponentially — just as it is everywhere, even and especially out here in the real world.

    Wanna learn how to approach a cobra? Ask your state rep or senator to address this question. Wanna hazard a guess why there’s less money every year for the real work of the departments and agencies of the leviathan? Look no further — except you can’t look, can you?

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    • Publius e decere

      LDC,

      The state lives in its ossified past. The reality of nearly every other Delawarean in the private sector is the sheer absence of defined-benefit pension annuity plans (aka, the Golden Handcuffs) and the obvious prevalence of defined contributon pension plans (aka, 401Ks). Let’s put the publc sector on an even par with the private sector when it comes to retirement plans. End the DB pension plans!

      Publius

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    • lastDEconservative

      The estimable Mr. Miro got confronted with this on Monday in his monthly “I’m fighting, really, I am … did I mention that I’m fighting?” gathering. The “play” button was hit and he started with the usual rejoinders — very low raises for state employees, salary levels v. private sector in return for lifetime largesse (my term), etc. I was pleased to observe a couple of awake individuals lurking in the lot gathered mostly to whine about snow plow absence (or damage if not absent) or their neighbor’s dog barking or their favorite pothole. His usual complexion turned quite ruddy when he was rejoined with such chestnuts as, “yes, and they still all have jobs,” “maybe, for the few of us out here in the real world that have a job,” “our health insurance costs have gone up far more than the pittance the state hands are being asked, not required, asked to pay,” “a whole lot of us have lost our health insurance altogether, either with the job we lost, the 29 hours we have left to us to work, or just plainly the cost, period.”

      It was really quite remarkable. I had to check my GPS to be sure where I was.

      Then there was a complaint about the transportation “stipend” for private school families being cut or lost altogether — without mention of the fact that the average family had had $10,000 confiscated in the first place. Sigh. Cue the harps, play the lullaby. Cue the smoke machines, obscure the obvious. Sigh.

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  9. Publius e decere

    Heck with all of that! Let’s dig on the ACLU claim against Red Clay and figure out if it is gold or merely worth warm spit.

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    • Puiblius e decere

      Looks like the elementary school polling places won the day

      For Against Net

      Elementary Schools 3417 2501 916
      Middle Schools 1440 1235 205
      High Schools 1443 1723 (280)
      All Other Polling Places 95 56 39

      TOTALs 6395 5515 880

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    • lastDEconservative

      Turn out your base.
      Turn out your base.
      Turn out your base.
      Turn out your base.
      Turn out your base.
      Turn out your base.
      Turn out your base.
      Turn out your base.

      Duh.

      Thanks, Pub, for a dose of “what’s really going on.” Shame it’s wasted on most of the denizens and the body politic at large.

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    • Publius e decere

      I think next time around the Red Clay polling places should be at ACME, the public library, Cokesbury Village and the Wilmington Country Club.

      The Christina polling place should only be at the district-owned empty warehouse building.

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    • lastDEconservative

      You meant “libarry,” right?
      -ed

      The Christina polling place would be marvelous. And I mean “marvel” in the sense that a few of us would marvel in the fact that most, yes, I said most, of the voters would wonder why that was the polling place. A few signs placed 50.00 ft. away *might* enlighten a few.

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    • lastDEconservative

      PS: Zingo’s attracts more of the type of Red Clay voters unswayed by pizza parties and/or pin the tail on the donkey contests. Just sayin’.

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  10. lastDEconservative

    Quick! Don’t think about it! What does this blog post and this …

    “But state Economic Development Director Alan Levin told WDEL that Delaware is not on the list.

    Levin said he and Governor Markell reached out to Volvo and its owner, Chinese automaker Geely, but no interest or response was generated.”

    … have in common?

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