Let’s see if I understand this correctly. We need $1.5 billion to fix our roads. There are four proposals on the table, two of which raise about $450 million and two of which will raise maybe $800 million. Now, I am not a mathematical genius, but I guess our governor and our legislators must be, because I do not understand how they are going to fix our $1.5 billion problem with $450 million (Haley and House plans) or $800 million (competing Senate plans).
Part of this increase comes from a hike in automobile taxes and license fees. The cost of repairing the roads should come from the gasoline tax only because out-of-state drivers should pay their fair share of all road maintenance. Since one-third of all gasoline purchases are by out-of-state drivers, any other way we raise money will mean we pay 100 percent of the cost instead of just two-thirds.
My question to the governor and our legislators is why the money should be raised any other way than through a gasoline tax.