This weeks Shocking Stat comes down hard on the comglomerate of despots, tyrants, kleptocrats and sprinkling of democracies that is the United Nations. Listen to this list of corruption if you can stomach it.
Uber has swept through the taxi industry leaving massive change in its wake. Here's a taste of the numbers - the value of a Chicago taxi medallion has dropped $357K to 35K in just 4 years. Michael's turned up even more staggering numbers.....
Everyone loves to talk about gasoline prices, usually incorrectly assumng that the biggest gasoline cost factor is the price of oil. That's why when oil prices fall they demand to know why gas prices didn’t fall proportionately. The go to answer is to blame greedy businesses, but the truth is that taxation is the biggest gasoline cost factor in most markets.
Both provincial and federal taxes on gasoline make-up about 36% of the at the pump cost. One of my favorite add-ons is paying GST on top of the other gasoline taxes. According to an illuminating new study by the Canadian Taxpayer Federation, the federal and provincial tax-on gas tax adds an extra 3 cents per litre on average. All told governments take in an extra $1.4 billion in revenue thanks to paying GST on the taxes.
Okay, maybe that’s not my favourite – as the Taxpayer’s Federation reminds us we still pay the temporary 15 cent per litre deficit reduction levy that was implemented in 1995. Temporary my ass, so far that little beauty has brought in $13.3 billion since inception. This year alone it will bring in $638 million.
The grand total of fuel taxes is a whopping $23.5 billion in 2017.