This paragraph struck me:
GEORGIA HAS stuck with its 7.5-cent a gallon tax so long it’s now the lowest in the nation, while its “escalator clause” on gas — the sales tax — doesn’t go to highways but rather to whatever sandcastles the legislators want to build. And, all the while, the Georgia Department of Transportation can do little other than announce that billions of dollars in improvements or new work has been delayed or even cancelled for lack of funds.
It's a little more complicated than just comparing the 7.5-cents-a-gallon tax to other states ,as seen here, as well as here.
But it's obvious that we're low. The question is: "Why?" And I don't know the answer.
UPDATE: And just like that I got this press release from GOP Congressional Majority Leader John Boehner.
Democrats want to raise the federal gas tax. Or, to put it another way, "as if the new Democratic majority hasn’t already found enough ways into the wallets of American families, House Democrats now are proposing new increases to the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gasoline tax – and right in the heart of the summer travel season, no less."
I hear Democrats also kill puppies, but that's unconfirmed at the moment.