Americans for Prosperity-South Carolina will be at a Lexington gas station this week, paying the gas tax burden for commuters “to highlight how much the gas tax costs drivers in the state,” the group said in a news release Monday.
The event will start at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the Exxon gas station at 711 West Main St. in Lexington. AFP-South Carolina, which hopes the event reinforces the argument against a gas-tax hike, will cover the state and federal gas tax, as well as the proposed 10-cent hike – a 45-cent reduction for drivers. Signs at the station will reflect this change, the news release said.
“A gas tax hike will help line the pockets of powerful lobbyists and politicians, but it won’t fix our roads,” AFP-South Carolina state director Dave Schwartz said in the release. “Even though the state government collected $1.2 billion more from us than they budgeted, some politicians still want a gas tax hike. We urge all Lexington drivers to call Gov. Haley, Sens. Shane Massey, Ronnie Cromer and Katrina Shealy, and tell them to change their minds to oppose all plans that include a gas tax hike.”
The organization expects to cover the tax on the first 2,000 gallons of gas and speak with commuters about its reform agenda to fix state roads.