The gas tax is regressive and shouldn’t be raised

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I’m writing regarding the PG editorial about raising the federal gas tax (“Raise the Gas Tax: Federal Highway Funding Needs a Simple Solution,” May 10). The article points out that the tax hasn’t been raised since 1993, and if it were adjusted for inflation it would be about 50 percent more (at 29 cents) per gallon. This position disregards the fact that wages have not kept up with inflation. In fact, most people’s real income has gone down since that time.

With the difficulty most people have had in making ends meet, it is irresponsible to call for an increase in any tax, especially one that would hurt people who depend on driving to get to work. If anything, an additional tax should be levied on the oil companies, with the stipulation that they cannot pass the additional cost on to consumers.

The PG editorial board needs to consider the damage a hike in gas taxes would do to wage earners before endorsing such a regressive tax idea.

LEN PISAREK
Penn Hills


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