Regarding Gov. Tim Walz's proposed 20-cents-a-gallon gas-tax increase, do the math.
Forty miles a day to work and back multiplied by five days a week and four weeks a month equals 800 miles per month. If a vehicle gets 20 miles per gallon, those 800 miles require 40 gallons of gas a month. So a 20-cents-a-gallon gas-tax increase would mean $8 more per month for a commuter. If the same commuter adds 200 miles of driving per month, that would require another 10 gallons of gas, and 10 gallons multiplied by the 20-cent increase would equal another $2 per month - for a total of $10 more per month.
In recent memory, we have paid $1 more per gallon to enrich oil companies. Now we have the opportunity to contribute 20 percent of that for the collective good - and there is substantial resistance?
We saw the cost of putting off spending on infrastructure when the Interstate 35W bridge fell in Minneapolis. Now, the Blatnik Bridge is in need of reconstruction. It would be tragic to wait until another catastrophe happened while bickering and digging in heels over 20 cents per gallon on gas.
With the advent of the heavy use of e-commerce, drivers and nondrivers benefit substantially from an adequate transportation system.
Duluth may be able to vie for "Pothole Capital of the World." It's curious why anyone who rides on any conveyance here would question a means of improvement. The additional vehicle costs of wheel balancing, struts, etc., far outstrip $10 per month for many car owners. Further costs occur with public transportation such as buses we all subsidize.
Anyone who travels outside of home and/or receives goods and services at home benefits from the road system. Let's be realistic about paying our fair share.