Letter writer Alvin Bobers' attempt to make a new gas tax increase seem insignificant does not pass muster ("Gas tax arithmetic," Feb. 27).

Yes, a lot of vehicles are rated for 30 mpg, but how many actually get that mileage? And 40 mpg is in the future, probably, but it's not here yet.

Even if a vehicle does get 30 mpg on the highway, you can't assume it spends most of its time on a highway. The assumption that most people already have high-mileage cars is just that, an assumption.

Those who don't currently don't have a 30-mpg car probably can't afford one. How are they supposed to spend many thousands of dollars on a newer car that might save them only a few hundred dollars a year?

That extra 25-cents may not mean much to Mr. Bober, but it means a whole lot to people who are struggling to live payday-to-payday. If the state was not robbing the transportation fund to pay for other non-transportation expenses, there would be no need to even be talking about a gas tax increase.

Bill Ruff, Towson

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