Jun 25, 2008
Do Shadegg and Hay Really Want to Raise Gas Prices by $0.94 per Gallon?
Gas currently costs Arizona's middle-class families a near record-high $4.08 per gallon [AAA Fuel Gauge Report]. But Representative John Shadegg and 1st Congressional District candidate Sydney Hay believe $4.08 per gallon isn't high enough. They both support legislation that would increase the cost of a gallon of gas by another 23 percent. Under the Shadegg-Hay plan, Arizona's middle-class families would today pay $5.02 per gallon of gas.
"With sky-high gas prices already causing pain at the pump for middle class families in Arizona, why would Representative John Shadegg and Sydney Hay support a plan to raise prices by another $0.94 per gallon?" asked Yoni Cohen, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "The failed energy policies of President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are already hurting Arizona's families. Why would Shadegg and Hay support a plan to take even more gas money out of the pockets of hard-working Arizonans?"
- On her campaign website, Hay notes: "I learned about the need to abolish the income tax in favor of the FAIR tax from my friend, one of the foremost leaders of this movement, Alan Keyes." [http://www.sydneyhayforcongress.com/Economic_Issues.aspx]
- Hay's suggestion is similar to a Republican bill Rep. Shadegg co-sponsored, HR 25, which would impose a 23 percent tax on gas and all other goods and services. [http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR00025:@@@P]
- This 23 percent gas tax would be levied in addition to the current federal gas tax, which HR 25 does not repeal.
o The current federal gas tax is 18 cents per gallon. [New York Times; 05/08/08]
- Today, drivers in Arizona are paying $4.08 for a gallon of gas. [AAA Fuel Gauge Report]
- If HR 25 were imposed today, families in Arizona would pay an extra $9.38 to fill up a 10-gallon tank.