Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gas tax

Its time to pay more for gas. According to Seth Wenign the gas tax has not changed since 1993. According to Wenign we need to change the tax on gas now because, the price of gas is as low as it has been for a while and it would not effect gas buyers as much. He also says that the amount of money that is coming in right now is not enough to support the spending of americas crumbling road system. Wenign also states that the reason the government is not making the change is because we are so close to election time and they do nit want to change the tax before the election. The problem with this is that the price of oil is not going to stay low forever so now is the time to make the change. (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/16/opinion/states-should-raise-the-gas-tax.html)

The price of gas should stay the same. Abby Attia states that the gas tax should not be raised becasue 25 percent of the gas tax goes to non highway projects like bike paths, parks, and other things. Attia also states that if gas taxes are raised less people are going to be driving. When gas prices are lower people drive more so then the government makes more money off of the program. Lastly is that At a time of stagnant wages, a gas tax hike serves as a negative stimulus according to Attia. (https://www.myheritage.org/news/7-reasons-why-congress-should-not-raise-the-gas-tax/)

Gas tax should not be raised. The money from gas tax goes to things like fixing roads and bridges. I think that the money for these things should come from the people that use them. The way to get the people that use them to pay for them is to put toll ways up. Next is that the gas tax was made to build an interstate system and that was done a long time ago. Now the gas tax is wasted on things like parks, bike paths and other things. If we need to keep maintaining roads the money should come from tolls. In conclusion the gas tax should not be raised.

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