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ROADS: Best solution is a gas tax increase

Letter by Donald W. Post, Milton on Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:31 am | No Comments »
January 11, 2013 1:16 pm

Re: “State considers taxing driver by the mile” (TNT, 1-10)

Why a committee of transportation experts and state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond are spending time looking for an alternative to the present gas tax for revenue is a sign of how wasteful government can be.

They say our present system, based upon a fixed amount of tax per gallon of gas, is not providing sufficient revenue, and as fuel economy increases, will be further reduced.

Instead of simply increasing the gas tax, they want to create a completely new system.

Any concern for the future, when more cars will be electric and less dependent upon gas, could be simply resolved by additional licensing fees or a “pay as you go” road fee system as they discussed.

For the present, a simple increase in gas tax would seem the best solution.


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