Re "Bill would levy new gas tax" (Capitol & California, Feb. 21): The articles on the proposal to add a gas tax starting at 15 cents and rising to 43 cents misses two points:
First, the state needs a gas tax increase to fix local roads which are deteriorating. The estimate to fix the current roads in Sacramento County is $415 million, while the county can only spend $15 million a year to maintain our roads.
Second, the cap and trade legislation passed to fight global warming is adding costs to every product we use in California. Every cement plant in California will need to raise prices to pay for the cap-and-trade taxes. In addition the Air Resources Board bureaucrats are proposing that cement produced out of state be taxed. Every bit of concrete will cost more in California than anywhere else and cost more to deliver.
Will all of this reduce global temperatures?
-- Joe Dobrowolski, Fair Oaks