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Letter: Gas tax increase is a bargain

In Rep. Dave Baker's column, "Tax relief is a House priority," in the March 7 West Central Tribune, he cites "the governor's insistence on increasing the gas tax by a minimum of 16 cents a gallon" and claims that "estimates say that this new tax ...

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In Rep. Dave Baker’s column, “Tax relief is a House priority,” in the March 7 West Central Tribune, he cites “the governor’s insistence on increasing the gas tax by a minimum of 16 cents a gallon” and claims that “estimates say that this new tax could cost families an extra $50 a month.”
Well, maybe it would be $50 a month if our family drove more than 94,000 miles per year.
For a 16-cent increase to run up an added $50 per month for a vehicle that gets 25 miles per gallon, one would need to drive 7,812 miles per month, or 260 miles per day, every day of the year, for an annual mileage of 94,900 miles per year.
That’s several times the average 15,000 miles per year that most families drive in a year. For the average family, the annual added cost of Gov. Dayton’s gas tax increase would be about $8 a month, or $96 per year to maintain and improve our roads in Greater Minnesota.
Meanwhile, the recent decline in gasoline prices from $3 per gallon to about $2 means that we are now paying about $600 less for gasoline on an annual basis. So considering both the recent reduction in gasoline prices and Gov. Dayton’s proposed investments in highway spending to improve our roads, the average household would still be about $500 ahead.
And with better roads, we’d be a lot safer, too!
Katherine Slama
Spicer

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