Letter to the Editor: How is a tax increase responsible spending?
OK, here is the truth: state Rep. Dave Reed recently sent my family this most beautiful four-page, color brochure (taxpayer-funded, of course) defining and clearly stating, “A New, Responsible Approach to Funding Transportation ... ensuring public safety.”
Really? How do you describe a tax increase as responsible spending?
In the brochure Reed said gas taxes will immediately be lowered by 12 cents per gallon at the pump. But, the first year of this new law will only cost you about $70. What are you saying? What kind of double talk is this?
According to the state Office of the Budget from 2012, transportation funding doubled to $7 billion in the past 17 years, including $2 billion-plus for mass transit.
This makes no sense either. Why should we spend new money on mass transit when we can’t even maintain the current roads and bridges we already have? In fact, our gas prices will rise 10 cents per gallon in January. They will go up at least 30 cents to 40 cents per gallon over the next few years.
There are other sources of revenue to fund roads and bridges besides our wallets. Rep. Reed, we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Got it?