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Roskam Statement on Illinois Topping the Nation in Gas Prices

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Location: Washington, DC


Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today called on his former colleagues in the Illinois General Assembly to help ease the burden the people of Illinois are paying at the gas pump.

"At a time like this in Illinois, when we are facing increased energy bills at home, our families cannot afford to get hit again at the gas pump," said Roskam. "I am at work here in Washington promoting renewable energy solutions and a comprehensive, long-term resolution to this issue, but our families need all the help they can get now. Illinois now has the most expensive gas in the country. A number of sound proposals have been made to address state taxation of gas, and I encourage my former colleagues to act quickly."

Calling on his former colleagues for help in serving the people of Illinois, Rep. Roskam highlighted the state of gas taxation in Illinois, which is one of only eight states that charges a sales tax on top of a motor fuel tax.

"The situation in Illinois is absurd," continued Roskam. "We pay taxes on our taxes."

Illinois carries the inglorious reputation of imposing the #6 ranked tax burden on gasoline sales; 52 cents out of the cost of every gallon of gas in Illinois is tax. Congressman Roskam also took the opportunity to highlight contributing factors to rising gas prices and what must be done for the future.

"Our refinery capacity is woefully inadequate—roughly 150 refineries are on-line today compared with more than 300 in 1980. With demand ever-increasing, we desperately need to focus more attention on enabling the growth of the refining industry. This is one step we can take toward increasing domestic energy production, and one step that will bring us closer to a more secure homeland.

"We all are interested and engaged in the issue of gas prices when prices are well over $3 per gallon. We need to take care to not let up on the push for solutions when prices eventually recede. In Washington I will continue to work toward a responsible energy policy that will lessen the financial burden on my constituents."

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