Columbia, SC — State Rep. Tommy Stringer, R-Greenville, has proposed increasing the gasoline tax by 5 cents per gallon and then automatically adjusting it with inflation rather than kicking the cost or our roads down the road or using funds intended for something else.
I urge folks to get behind it instead of saying, “It’s a tax increase; oh my gosh, we can’t do that.” Of course the answer is a tax increase, but consider what that means to users of our roads.
The added cost of commuting round trip from Seneca to BMW in Greer, 100 miles, in a car that gets 25 miles per gallon, would be 20 cents per day (four gallons at 5 cents per gallon).
How about a wife visiting her husband 10 miles away in a nursing home? Allowing for a lesser gas mileage, figure a gallon burned at 5 cents per day.
The problem is the total cost of gas, not an extra nickel a gallon.
Truckers, the primary causers of the road problem, will holler, but travelers through our state will barely notice.
Our governor says she will veto tax increases. But making difficult decisions and selling them is what makes politicians leaders. It’s our problem, and we can fix it.