News release from Nashville Tea Party:
NASHVILLE: The Nashville Tea Party, a Tennessee non-profit group, today expressed strong opposition to an increase in the Tennessee Gas Tax and said over 5,000 Tennesseans have expressed their opposition by signing the petition at GasTaxPetition.com. “Tennesseans are already paying 40 cents in federal and states gas taxes for every gallon they purchase and that is enough. We welcome an election year discussion of a gas tax increase,” said Ben Cunningham, President of the Nashville Tea Party.
“This petition has grown to 5,000 plus names with very little publicity because Tennesseans are fed up with politicians who refuse to make hard decisions. Many politicians are content to force hardworking taxpayers to cut their family budgets by raising taxes instead of prioritizing state government spending. We expect many more Tennesseans will sign the petition between now and the next legislative session. We will be prepared to contact the signers, so they can be part of the election year discussion of gas taxes during next year’s legislative session.”
Coalitions of road builders and other “stake holders” who want more taxpayer money are lobbying for a gas tax increase next year. And yet CNBC, in their annual ranking of “Top States for Business” ranked Tennessee 4th and 2nd in “Infrastructure and Transportation” in 2014 and 2013. “If Tennessee will continue to spend gas tax money on roads and focus on that priority, our legislators can protect taxpayer’s family budgets from a gas tax hike. Environmental and mass transit advocacy groups always have a long laundry list of projects which require more tax money, but most of them are not directly related to roads,” said Cunningham.
“Our pay as you go approach and our emphasis on roads has resulted in a state road system that is among the best in the U.S. While other states have sunk billions in bullet trains and other mass transit boondoggles, Tennessee has remained focused on roads. If we retain our focus on roads we can keep a top ranked road system and still have the low taxes which continue to be our biggest advantage in attracting businesses and families from across the US,” Cunningham concluded.