Earl Blumenauer takes on tax-breaks for gas hogs

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer introduced Legislation to repeal a $25,000 tax break for giant SUVs.  From the Gristmill:

There used to be a tax break for businesspeople who bought any sort of car. Then in 1984, Congress changed the law to eliminate the breaks on vehicles that weighed less than 6,000 pounds, so that rich people couldn’t go using it for a sweet deal on a luxury car. But then Hummers and Escalades and other massive SUVs became the “in” thing, and buying one gave folks a $25k write off that made the gas-guzzlers seem like a sweet deal.

The Oregonian has an in-depth story on the proposed legislation. The article leads with a Portland car salesman explaining that the $25k luxury kickback that you and I are paying for, “Makes sense for auto dealers, and it makes sense for customers”.

Contact Rep. Blumenauer and thank him for having the guts to stand up to the auto industry.


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Matt Stansberry currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and son.
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