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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Our land of incentives

It shouldn't have to be that way, but if Americans need incentives to do the right thing, then let's do it. Energy efficiency is a prime example. There's a bill making its way through the Legislature that would exempt from the state sales tax the purchase of any cars that get at least 35 miles per gallon on the open road. Its sponsor, Sen. Thomas H. Kean Jr., R-Union, is right when he said his bill is "a substantial incentive for New Jersey motorists to purchase fuel-efficient cars.''

Sure, it'll cut into the sales tax coffers. Forgiving 7 percent of a $25,000 car purchase is $1,750. But it's a real savings for the buyer, keeps car dealerships humming and also puts a dent on oil dependency. Makes good sense to me. Is anyone listening in Washington?


Blogger Ray said...

If the auto manufacturers get their lobbyists in gear, those in Washington will suddenly become interested. Problem is, small, efficient cars don't make the auto manufacturers much money so the lobbyists will spend their time lobbying Washington for lower fuel economy standards.

11:19 PM, January 31, 2007  
Anonymous Don Kosloff said...

The most effective lobbyists for changes to automobile gas mileage are the people to buy cars. Top down force does not work.

8:10 AM, February 01, 2007  
Blogger Ray said...

Car buyers are manipulated into buying what the manufacturers want to sell.

BTW, remember when the auto manufacturers whined and complained about imposed fuel economy standards and mandatory safety equipment? They said they couldn't do it. Yet here we are with better gas mileage and safer cars. Top down force does work.

12:58 AM, February 05, 2007  

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