14 Jun '11, 10am

GM Boss Wants GasTax Hike. Good policy? #gasprices #susty #csr

GM Boss Wants GasTax Hike. Good policy? #gasprices #susty #csr

The Detroit News reported last week that General Motors CEO, Dan Akerson, would like to see the federal gasoline tax boosted by as much as $1 per gallon in order to encourage drivers to choose more fuel efficient vehicles. If you are a politician in office today, it’s of course anathema to talk about raising fuel taxes – unless of course you harbor some sort of political suicide agenda – and it’s at least mildly surprising that a Republican CEO would be a proponent of raising taxes on a product which directly, and potentially adversely, impacts the company he is running. Surprising as it may be, it’s refreshing to hear someone taking an objective position that raising gas taxes can play a part in shaping desirable outcomes. Though, I suppose it should be noted that in this case, the tax hike is Mr Akerson’s preference over alternative federal fuel economy mandates currentl...

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