— While nobody can deny the absolute necessity of road and bridge repair and construction, asking the working class to pony up more of their money to finance it is another example of the low regard middleclass workers are held by our elected leaders.
Rep. Fred Keller said people who use the roads have to pay. Really, sir? In this area we have no public transportation, so in order to get to work or shop for groceries we must drive. You and the rest of the state Legislature conveniently neglect to consider our tax on extraction is less than Texas or West Virginia, which could, if we just matched their tax, pay for miles of road.
However, the Legislature and every single local lawmaker would rather raise fees — which I’m not against since it’s a one-time fee for registration — in addition to giving the oil companies the opportunity to raise prices at the pump by raising the tax cap. We are already paying the seventh highest fuel tax in the country and if you think prices won’t increase I have swamp land in Arizona I’ll sell you. It’s time that we were considered as more than an ATM by our representatives.
Harry Prentiss, Sunbury