Slope on gas taxes

shane.martinThe tax-increase flavor of the month, is the gas tax. Some legislators, including some Republicans, for years have called for a gas tax increase as a means of funding road and bridge repair. These same Republicans, and their Democrat allies, of course always have voted against proposals, like the half a dozen that I have authored or cosponsored in the last few years, to use the money that we actually have on hand to fund our roads. Now they, including Governor Haley, have a new scheme; raise the gas tax now and in return the promise of future decreases in the income tax. Many of you remember Wimpy in the old Popeye cartoons who would “gladly pay you on Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Well, Wimpy never paid up, and you likely never will get your income tax reduction. read on