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State Considers $100 Surcharge On Gas-Guzzlers

FORT WORTH (AP) – State officials are considering levying a $100 surcharge on some new vehicles that fall short of federal fuel efficiency standards.

No legislation has been filed to add the surcharge, but it’s among several recommendations in a recent Legislative Budget Board to cover an anticipated massive budget shortfall. The board is a joint committee of top Teas House and Senate members, including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus.

The report says light-duty trucks and sport utility vehicles pollute more than average size vehicles and are less energy-efficient.

Other suggestions include repeal of the prohibition of liquor sales on Sunday and raising the amount state employees pay for their health insurance.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Donnat

    Texas would never have the guts to do this…but I think it’s not a bad idea.

    • dngynbdy

      It wouldn’t work but I’m all for it. They have gas guzzler surcharges in other countries. And Texans deserve it. They howl and whine about “high gas prices” when they absolutely REFUSE to change their habits. Speed limit 35? Nope, they go 45. Speed limit 45? Nope, they go 51. Speed limit 70? Nope, they go 85. EVERY day they do this – in their huge V-8 powered pickups and 6-ton SUVs. They have no right to cry about “high gas prices” because they will NEVER change their habits even if their lives depended on it. I know that even when gas hits $5 a gallon they’ll still be going 75 mph down the highway. Guess what? Gas prices are still LOWER than they were two years ago. Remember when it hit $4.10 a gallon? I bet nobody else does. I find nothing wrong with making the speed demon in that 6 liter V8 pickup/suv pay an extra $5 each time the tank is filled because he/she would never dare to try to drive “sensibly.” Doesn’t surprise me a bit that they’re the ones who are most likely to commit road rage too.

      • Tommy

        It’s ignorant to make generalizations like that. But a simple thing to do would be to raise gas taxes. The costs of road contruction should never come from any other source than the taxes that are in what you pay at the pump. So if we aren’t collecting what we need to get our roads fixed, we shouldn’t be discussing having this stupid gas surcharge tax. If we raise taxes on gasoline then the people with less efficient vehicles are going to pay more anyway. Which makes complete sense because heavier vehicles cause more wear to roadways.

      • R

        You must be from some poor 3rd world communist country to believe we should follow suite

      • H. Legg

        You are obviously from Rhode island or some other massive U.S State. The issue is not whether or not we “deserve” it, it’s whether we as consumers can make our own choices without being penalized by the government for the buying choices we make. In this country, if I have been lucky enough to earn a good living and I want to buy a 4 wheel drive truck, then I can make that choice…until lately. Also keep in mind, my poor uninformed friend, that Texas is full of people who need these trucks to run their farms and ranches. Maybe we should just put a surcharge on all the beef that goes outside the state instead of taxing people who need the vehicles to support their way of life.
        The last point is, if I can afford $40,000 for a 4 wheel drive Chevy, I’m not likely to worry about the price of gasoline OR $100.00 in surcharges…just quit trying to make my choices for me!

      • Jennifer

        6 Ton SUV? Really?!? Chevy Suburbans are 1/2 ton… so where are the 6 tons? V-8 Trucks? OK, I concede, there are plenty of those throughout Texas. But they are needed to haul cattle, rocks, etc… Not EVERY Texan goes above the speed limit. The ones that go the fastest are the vehicles that get less mpg. Road rage are the people like you who have a chip on your shoulder and assume the worst about everyone. I think that manufactors and dealerships should incur the surcharge, as it would (ppossibly) move them to make more gas efficient vehicles with the same hauling and/or seating capability of a large truck and/or SUV

      • JT

        This is more big government B.S.. Owners of these vehicles already pay more taxes at the gas pump, as they must fill up more often. Also driving slower in many cases reduces the fuel efficiency of a vehicle as engines are typically more efficient at higher speeds.

      • Yodaddy

        I bet you drive a smart car… luck in a crash…..D-bag



      • Ashmead

        I don’t think it is about “making someone’s choices for them”. Rather, this is a way to reflect the actual cost of those choices. If a less fuel efficient vehicle creates more pollution (causing relatively more in the way of respiratory diseases and cancer for society as a whole than some other vehicles), why should the cost of choosing that vehicle reflect the greater cost of that choice to everyone else? To assume that gasoline taxes capture this is wrong. These taxes, which have not been raised in Texas for over 20 years, go to pay for the road construction that subsidizes automobile travel.

      • Mekhong Kurt

        I’m a Texan. . . . and I largely agree. I do wonder about the roade rage part, though.

        Anyway, I feel fuel prices ought to be higher — much higher — than they are nhow. Well, actually, no. We already pay more than we realize via tax breaks and subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. If we ended those, prices would HAVE to go up at the pump to reflect the ACTUAL price. As it is, we send off our tax payments without (necessarily) thinkiing about the fact that some portion of our tax dollars will end up defraying the fuel industry’s expenses, so we don’t count that in as part of the price we’re paying for fuel. But a whole lot of folks sure do seem to be unable (or is it unwilling?) to understand that.

        And no, this is NOT an anti-oil tirade, merely a reflection upon the facts. I am not one of those viscerally opposed to “Big Oil,” period.

      • Kermit

        I drive a V-8 GMC Pick-up. I never speed, in 37 years of driving I have never gotten a speeding ticket. I live in Texas and I drive in Texas. So let’s get a smaller paint brush there pal. All of my friends drive the speed limit as well.

      • Don Maxwell

        Though I have to agree that Texas has its faire share of gas hog, road rage, lane jumping folk but, we also have more land and more people per capita than any other state in the “Continental United States”. I am also well traveled and have been in countries that pay the “surcharge” for vehicles that consume large amounts of fuel but, these countries are also paying incentives to people who design, build and implements fuel saving ideas, I wish the US would do this as well. This country needs to stop whining about its “gas pocket books” and start working as a team to reduce the amount of recourses we consume.
        It does not take much time and research to see that the US is one of the top consumers of energy in the world, and we do not even has the largest population. Yes, I drive (when I need to do major work) a 1989 Suburban but, it is driven to haul and move heavy equipment about. We also drive a HHR which, by US standards gets a good MPG but, by world standards its MPG sucks. Most vehicles in other countries rang from 40 to 80+ MPG and we are excited when one gets 40! We should be slamming the oil people like George Bush and his bunch, as well as Congress and the Senate. These are the people causing the problem, not the guy that make the first post or the people who jumped him for voicing his thoughts on the mater. Americans should start coming together and standing up to government and stop bending over and taking it up the ass!
        If all else fails, smile! It keeps people guessing.

    • Ronald Thomas

      the big guys want us to pay . Why they get away with jacking up prices on gas .It does not hurt them because they have all the money .Why we the lillte people have to work so hard for money for gas .

    • rkm

      All you do is prove how little you know about anything and what a big mouth you seem to have about everything.
      for your info.
      I happen to live in Texas, have all my life. Don’t know anyone with a vehical like the ones you speak of.
      Myself. I drive a 14 year old jeep grand cheerokee. It still gets 26 MPG and has about 285,000 miles on it. Most everyone I know has something simular if not quite so many miles (I’m trying to see how far it will go).
      Try getting some facts next time or STFU.

      • Randy

        26 miles per gallon on a jeep grand cherokee. Whos the liar….. comon lol

    • Donald Joseph Schulteis

      Why place a measly $100.00. Why not $500.00,more so a $1000.00. I think our lives are worth more than that.

    • Jaded

      Shouldn’t the state be encouraging more people to drive gas guzzlers? After all, they are getting 20 cents a gallon already….

    • Trusader

      I know this is a couple of months late but better than never. It has ZERO to do with the gas guzzlers and ALL to do with OUTIGHT CORPORATE GREED AND BOLD~FACED LYING.
      For the record I drive a Ford F150 four-door 6cyl. with a 25 gal tank. OUCH, and just running around here I get 17 – 18 mpg.on highway and 14 on this sorry “FRY-DADDY” gas. When I went to New Mexico two years ago for a vacation I discovered the real story behind the Ethanol scam.
      I filled up in Fort Worth,TX, drove to Lubbock and had to fill up again and only getting about 14mpg – road miles. At this time I was buying Wal Mart gas and have since changed to Chevron and get the 17-18mpg now. The surprise was that they didn’t have ethanol in their gas in West Texas or NM. I drove on to NM and the next fill up I had a whopping 10 mpg increase making it 24 mpg. This is what the mpg diesel trucks are getting. I can assure you I wasn’t driving the speed limit. I drove and filled up 3 more times before leaving the great state of NM and every time I recorded 600 miles per tank of gas. Coming back thru Snyder, TX and filling up again with the “Fry Daddy” gas my mileage went back down to about 14mpg.
      I have also noticed that during times when gas prices rise as they are now – close to $4 gal. the mileage drops quite a bit around 50 to 75 miles less per fill-up.

  • oldbutlowmileage

    Ridiculous ideas like this will not fix a budget shortfall. Besides, folks in gas guzzlers already pay higher taxes by using more gas, thus paying more in gas taxes. What about those who drive well below the average miles per year? Perhaps an additional tax for those who use the roadways more would be appropriate. No? No. Fix the problem where it originates and stop taxing us to death.

    • Hoss Delgado

      Taxing you to death? You are out of touch with reality: taxes are the lowest sine FIFTIES!!! Wake up and see where you live.

      • Alan

        What fantasy world are you living in? Sales and Property Tax Rates are between double and triple what they were just 30 years ago.

      • yvonne

        Feel free to give them more of YOUR money if you feel so moved, but leave me and my money out of your decision making.

      • Roundman


      • Jim

        You’re a More-on,,,,,,,

      • Ashmead

        Income tax rates are lower than they have been in a very long time. The last time the top marginal rate (now 35%) was this low was the 1920s. Texas does not have a state income tax, which might spread the tax burden across the state’s entire population, and relies on property taxes and sales taxes, which place the tax burden more on property owners.

        As for Texans being taxed to death, the overall total state tax burden for an average Texan was 8.4% of income in 2008, compared to 9.7% average for the rest of the US. Note that this rate peaked at 9.0% for Texans and 10.2% for the rest of the US in 1994. In other words, overall tax burden is less now that it was during the last period of major economic expansion in the US.

        Reality and perception do not always meet.

    • Zach

      Fix the real problem where it originates and quit using oil that powers other countries………..foreign funding needs to end and domestic funding needs to begin. Oil is whack!

    • Roundman


  • Lara

    I got a better idea reduce the pay of those in state office from the governor by 35%. See if they like that then think about a surcharge.

    • stacia

      Way to go!

    • H. Legg

      Amen to that, sister!

      • Roundman

        Good start!

  • Steve C

    They’re wanting to charge ELECTRIC cars for NOT using gasoline & gas-guzzlers for using TOO MUCH gasoline…. I say we charge CONGRESS for all the HOT AIR they create every session without doing anything more than WASTING our money………..

  • Ray Tart

    The governor, before he was re-elected said, “Texas has plenty of money”–
    so why the anticipation of a shortfall? Instead of levying new taxes–prove that the tax money we pay in now is being used as it is supposed to be. Part of the lottery tax money was supposed to help the school s—where did it go? Schools are in trouble. The taxpayers would like to see proof of where this money went. Texans should really be mad hearing this proposal,

    • Hoss Delgado

      While he was “refudiating” DC stimulus package with his mouth and LYING to everyone how Texas is a conservative success story, he was begging Feds for the same money because he KNEW that TX is in hole for $27B!

  • joe

    How silly. Why don’t they just enforce the speed limits. That’s supposed to save gas and cut down one missions. Today I drove Loop 820 and I-20 and probably seven out of 10 vehicles on the highway were going 15 or more mph over the speed limits. And no, I don’t drive a big something that uses a lot of gas or spews carbon thingies.

    • joe

      I meant to write “emissions” not “missions.” Silly typo.
      I just think that would make tons of money for the coffers.

  • john

    time to get a new car

  • Hoss Delgado

    Raise taxes on gas, raise sales tax, introduce monthly surcharge for non-commercial vans, pick ups and SUVs… Texas budget woes will be resolved within a year.

    I believe that people who are bellowing against taxes with one corner of their mouths while praising Texas with the other are nothing but gasbags!

    • Kris G.

      You my friend are ignorant. Do you actually believe that this would fix the problem in its entirety? Apparently you are overlooking the big picture, even if your proposed taxation did fix the budget in Texas do you honestly believe that the problem will disappear? What about all the other deficits, and putting money into the hands of the ones who have no idea how to manage our money in the first place? You probably like Obama, and his endless surge and race toward a new highest level of National debt, slowly pushing us to the brink of an entire economical meltdown? Some people…….

    • JT in TX

      Hoss you sound like a typical Democrat or liberal, thinking the governemnt can fix most of our problems when in fact the government is most of our problem. It is like lawyers writing laws to keep themselves employed arguing in court about the laws they have created. You start firing and cutting pay on government employees and you will see this problem start to disapear.

  • stacia

    Once again we are wanting to TAX the successful working folks who W O R K for what they have and should be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor. How would you like it if we suggested cut the freebie plans for those who won’t work and make a living and will be first to chastise those of us who do. Get a
    J O B, pay your correct amount of taxes, we would all be better off. I’m sorry but I have a problem with pay in 1,000. in employ tax and get 8,000.00 back, what is wrong with this picture, wish I could get a check for one third to one half of my annual salary back. We the 1% of society support the other 99% and you want to criticize me for driving an SUV….

    • bill

      you are right on I know several that are getting over 9,000 $ back and also draw food stamps – med care – and free lunchs – and any thing they can get

      • Disenchanted Mooch

        Wow really? I am collecting UI benefits and I didn’t qualify for any additional benefits that you mentioned. What is really strange is that I actully owe the IRS this year. When collecting UI benefits you are disqualified from the EIC. So you guys keep whining about all of us mooch types. Well my job of 20 years was sent offshore so you guys could get more return on your stock portfolios! Oh yeah there are lot of jobs in Texas! Maybe you will see me at the drive thru window of McDonalds. Go service industry!

    • ben

      agreed 100% but this perspective is not politically correct and, therefore, will not get the time. this is reality but we, as a society, will continue to ignore this fact while we all go down the BK drain.

    • Zach

      People who make the most money should have to pay the most taxes, plain and simple. You complain that you work for the fruits of your labor and you should enjoy the fruits of your labor, but the reality is you were able to come about the fruits because of this great country; therefore, you should have to pay back this country that gave you the opportunity to succeed in the first place…….greed is a pathetic disease and there is never enough money for people with your viewpoint.

  • bill

    you are a bunch of bleeding hearts taxing the people has not worked
    all it does is give the polictco more $$ to waste of some give away program
    I say work not get not quite give to the dead beats



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  • Dirty Harry

    Our founding Fathers never intended our elected officials to come up with ideas on how to rob the working man of his hard earned income! We are not an open wallet for the taking. If there is a problem with polution why not deal with the root of the problem and make a decent vehicle that is efficent and gets great gas mileage. The people have to purchase the vehicles that are made, we didn’t design them. We can sent a rocket to the moon and not have to stop for gas, why can’t we develope a vehicle that gets 100 mipg? How about if we cut the pay of our elected officials in half, make them pay into social security like they make everyone else then see if they have any more money to donate to stupid causes. Do not cut off the hand that works so you have a paycheck. You were not elected to see how much money you could take out of our hands. Think about it! Election days are coming Do the right things and you may be re-elected, do the stupid stuff and you will be like everyone else, trying to keep what you have earned.

    • Camille

      The “Smart Cars” in the UK get upwards of 60-80 Kilometers per liter (I think they use liters instead of gallons) but here… the smart car maxes out at 40 or 50mpg.. So the technology for more fuel efficient vehicles is out there.. the USA is just not using it at the moment..

  • Lisa

    Everyone should do like me and ride a Harley…I have a big SUV,…and I save it for icy roads, rain ( in the morning only, I take my chances on the way home) and trips to Home Depot and for towing when needed….I get excellent gas mileage, about 38 mpg, better than most compact cars, it’s a lot of fun and I cause a LOT less wear and tear on the roads. Since any car, truck, SUV or 18 wheeler could kill me in a heartbeat, I have to drive very, very carefully and stay fully alert every single second. I’d like to see state money raised by having more tickets given for bad driving in general,…changing lanes unnecesarily at the last minute with no turn signal, driving without headlights at dawn & dusk & on dark days and rainy times (see that all the time and am always amazed…do people NOT KNOW that others only see them with a mirror through dark tinted windows?), not using turn signals, tailgating, and for texting and talking on cell phones when driving, hands free or not. That would make everyone safer on the roads, and raise needed money, and it’s totally a voluntary “tax”. I’ve lived in 9 states and two foreign countries and Texas drivers in DFW are the WORST (worse even than Italians and that’s saying ALOT)

  • A$$h0Le

    GOP, Well will NOT raise taxes. small print but Fees and subcharges for the poor and middle class we will raise though the ROOF.

  • Jay

    It’s funny that there is a group of people who think that they should be given all the gas they want, at a cheap price, endlessly forever…if not they freak out and start complaining.

    It really freaks them out if gas prices go up, if someone start talking about shortages, or about pollution, or about electirc cars, or even about hybrids or high gas mileage cars.

  • Michael

    Is it about conservation of resources or money? I like the idea of conservation but I am not sure this is the way to encourage it. A hundred bucks? Why don’t we make the oil companies pay? Let’s limit the amount of fuel that can be dispensed at the pump to one person per day, week, etc. We then would encourage the gas guzzlers to convert to vehicles that can go farther on a tank of gas. That would be conservation. The $100 is just another tax and I only have about 8 cents left out of my dollar as it stands!

  • Lynne

    I think it’s a good idea. There should be an extra tax on gas guzzling, air polluting vehicles. We need the extra money to help clean up the air and pay for people’s medical costs as a result of the pollution. Let the people contributing to the pollution help pay for it. An extra $100 will not make or break any farmers or small businesses, although I doubt they are the majority of truck owners in this state. Besides, truck owners already get a reduced fee on their vehicle registrations every year that we car owners don’t get.

    • Chris

      I think you are misinformed on the reduced fee for truck owners on registration fees. These fees are based on gross vehicular weight.

  • richard w

    socialism all around

  • M.Herman

    i’m gonna get a hores and buggy…they will find something to tax on that as well

  • Jim

    ~ Texas Lawmakers are Thieves!!!!

    • Shirley

      I’m a Texan and I agree with you. Perry is a joke and liar……Texas is hurting too. Of course he really NEEDS that $ 10,000 a month house we’re renting for him. So, my question is, what are we suppose to do…..go out and buy a new vehicle? We pay our fair share of taxes when we pay for our gas! In Dallas they want us to pay for the HOV lanes when we have already paid for them. Bunch of Crooks!

  • JD

    Oly in America do we have to alwasy beon a witch hunt. Always finding someone to blame.

    • JD

      HOw about for once asking those in congress, to include thegovernor, to cut back on the lavishing spending amounts they receive? Call them on that and make them accountable for their exhuburant spending.

  • wade

    ……..hmmmm How about a tax on internet COMMENTS?

  • Cole Younger

    I love it ……needed this for a long time …………..WONDERFULL

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