November 28th, 2012
08:58 PM ET

OutTake: Can the "gas tax" help us avoid the fiscal cliff?

As this nation continues to steer towards the fiscal cliff, which is just 34 days away now, some are suggesting that lawmakers should put the "Gas Tax" on the negotiation table. Will this help raise much needed revenue, or hurt consumers at exactly the wrong time?

Daniel Altman is an adjunct associate professor of economics at the New York University Stern School of Business.

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    Could end up being really regressive. Unlike an excise on soda or cigarettes, most folks in places w/o efficient urban mass transit available can't really choose *not* to drive to work. And ironically those few who do have the option of working from home or "flex time" are usually working in high-level professions that allow for that benefit.

    November 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "You are not supposed to be at the gas station making life decisions... You're standing at the pump wondering, 'Did I eat today?'" (Katt Williams)

    November 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply

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