Reasons for a Jet Fuel Tax

1.  Environmental — marginal pressure on carbon

2.  Progessive — wealthy and corporations are the primary stakeholders.  The housekeepers’ unions at the airline hubs may be the voices for the exception that proves the rule.

3.  I’d even be for a higher gasoline tax, and it’s regressive.  Poor folks drive farther to work than rich folks, who can afford to live in the middle of things.

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The jet fuel tax may be low hanging fruit, a sitting duck, underbrush — consensus item.  The kind of thing you put into a bill or package that a majority will sign off on.  Tax Reform, if it follows the 1986 model, would make hundreds of changes to the Tax Code.  Maybe it won’t happen.  But it won’t happen without a list.

 

In progress — comments welcomed.

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Author: patoglesby

From 1982 to 1990, I worked in tax policy for Committees of the United States Congress. In recent years, I was Adjunct Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill's Business School and then Adjunct Professor at its Law School.

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