There are many pros and cons to a gas tax hike. However, I do not agree with increasing the federal gas tax (“Gas tax hike is in play as Trump weighs infrastructure politics,” May 17).
The increase would hurt low-income families. Many cities in Minnesota are spread out, resulting in people having to drive more and burn more gas. There is already an 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax. President Donald Trump is proposing a 25-cent tax per gallon. I’m no expert, but I know people hate paying taxes, and they hate expensive gas. This new bill would combine the two.
Roads in Minnesota are substandard to say the least. Most Minnesotans complain about our potholes-filled roads, but money must come from somewhere for repairs. Trump plans to create a $2 trillion infrastructure plan with the extra tax, the story reported. Although our infrastructure could use some help, nobody is willing to pay for it. It might hurt coming from our checkbook, but I don’t think any reasonable person would oppose nice roads and bridges.
This is not the only way to get enough money for Trump's plan. Officials are exploring options that wouldn’t increase our gas prices. Increasing taxes on the wealthy would help compensate for some infrastructure needs.
I do not know what the answer to this complex problem is, but I do not think there should be an additional tax added onto something Americans use everyday. There must be a reason no tax is added on clothes, right?