Letters to the Editor

August 13, 2014

Letter | It’s time to raise the gas tax and a few fees in South Carolina

Re: Aug. 10 column by Cindi Ross Scoppe, “There’s no free lunch, and no painless road fix”

Re: Aug. 10 column by Cindi Ross Scoppe, “There’s no free lunch, and no painless road fix”

I am totally flabbergasted by our state’s leadership and their lack of attention to this serious problem. I am equally stunned that Gov. Nikki Haley has a plan but won’t reveal it until after the election.

So here’s my plan, raise the gasoline tax 5 cents a gallon (S.C. ranks 43rd out of the 50 states as having the lowest gasoline tax in the county), license trailers and mopeds, and raise the cap on the $300 sales tax on airplanes, boats and motor vehicles.

Done judiciously and in moderation, all of the increases in fees and taxes could easily be afforded by the citizens of South Carolina and it would provide the funds and create the jobs to repair our infrastructure.

Most important, this is an issue that has been debated and ignored far too long; the time for action is now.

The writer lives in Pawleys Island.

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