Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Pollution tax- Synclare Flowers

 Pollution Tax

The government would benefit by increasing its pollution tax on gasoline. By making it more expensive to drive, citizens would look for other ways of transportation like public transportation which means less air pollution and promote American Energy independence.  Greg Mankiw, a professor of economics at Harvard University, estimates that if the government raised the gas tax by $1, it would bring in $100 billion in extra revenues each year. This could reduce our debt or earn money for government programs like the military or welfare.

If the government raised the pollution tax on gasoline it would be a huge mistake. Average American wages are not keeping up with the cost of living so this would strain most of our country. This would ultimately decrease the amount of money people could spend on on local small business goods which would hurt our economy. Rather than increasing taxes on Americans, Corker and the rest of Congress should get down to the business of reforming all of our federal transportation spending( Jay Caruso 2016).

In my opinion, raising the gas tax would hurt our economy more than it would help it. I believe this because Americans are already struggling to pay for gas and if every one had to use the public transportation buses would be very overcrowded. Another reason that I don't agree with increasing pollution tax on gasoline is gas tax is a flat tax which in my opinion is unfair because it's harder for a poor person to come up with that extra money than it is for a wealthy person. 

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