Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

Gas tax 'arithmetic' doesn't add up

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

  • Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
  • Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
    Related Content
    • Gas tax is wasted

      Gas tax is wasted

      In your editorial, "Congress on the clock" (April 13), you talk about the federal Highway Trust Fund going bankrupt unless Congress acts to raise taxes. Motorists deserve better highways and bridge repair, but the truth is not all of the tax money motorists pay goes to build or repair roads or...

    • Tell Congress to fix our crumbling transportation infrastructure

      Tell Congress to fix our crumbling transportation infrastructure

      For nearly six years America has not had a long-term transportation bill. While Congress has bickered and passed short-term patchwork bills, our nation's roads, bridges and public transit systems have deteriorated. Moreover, projects to modernize and expand our transportation infrastructure have...