Pay up, drivers

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Most want halt to gas tax hike,” Nov. 11

So, vot­ers in Los An­ge­les and the San Fran­cisco Bay Area fa­vor the 12-cent gas tax in­crease while those in other ar­eas op­pose it.

Pro­vided the funds raised by this tax go only to­ward re­pair­ing our crum­bling roads and bridges and not for prop­ping up other pro­grams as Cal­i­for­nia has a his­tory of do­ing, the tax in­crease is a good thing. Drive our free­ways or sur­face streets th­ese days and tell me your fill­ings aren’t get­ting jarred loose.

Bet­ter yet, go to Europe and drive those road­ways. The Euro­peans tax their cit­i­zens for their in­fra­struc­ture, and it shows. Here in the U.S., bridges col­lapse.

Those op­posed to Cal­i­for­nia’s gas tax in­crease should keep their pen­nies and pay reg­u­larly for wheel align­ments on their cars while I drive a smooth free­way to work each day.

Come on, peo­ple. Mike Aguilar Costa Mesa

It is hard for me to be­lieve that think­ing peo­ple would re­ject a 12-cents-per-gal­lon gas tax to be used as spec­i­fied for road im­prove­ments.

The cost of this tax in­crease will amount to around $60 per year for a driver get­ting 20 miles per gal­lon with an an­nual mileage of 10,000. Joel Ja­cobs

La­guna Niguel

It should be no mys­tery why Cal­i­for­nia’s vot­ers want to scrap the higher gas tax and ve­hi­cle fee.

For decades, Sacramento politi­cians have let our once fine roads and bridges de­te­ri­o­rate. About 30% of the ex­pected $2.8 bil­lion in new fund­ing will be used for projects that do not in­volve road con­struc­tion or main­te­nance, in­clud­ing parks, food and agri­cul­ture, univer­sity re­search and other pet pro­grams.

Given the op­por­tu­nity to vote to re­peal the 12cent-per-gal­lon tax and mo­tor ve­hi­cle fee in­creases, I will. Robert McLe­more

Palm Desert

Re “Don’t blame prices just on gas tax,” col­umn, Nov. 12

Michael Hiltzik does his usual fine job in ex­pos­ing the rig­ging of gas prices by re­fin­ers. Ev­i­dently, space was too lim­ited to ex­pose the other fac­tors caus­ing higher-than-jus­ti­fied prices.

Gaso­line prices have var­ied from about $2 a gal­lon to more than $4 over the last decade. This has fol­lowed, mainly, the price of a bar­rel of oil. The pro­duc­ers play games that are com­plex and defy sim­ple ex­pla­na­tions. Profit max­i­miza­tion is the driver.

The 12-cent tax in­crease is well be­low the nor­mal vari­a­tions in the price of gaso­line. It is tiny com­pared with the over­all cost. Emil Lawton

Sher­man Oaks

Myung J. Chun Los An­ge­les Times

TWO GROUPS want to put ini­tia­tives on the bal­lot that would re­peal the 12-cent gas tax in­crease.

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