Tax increases won't help gas problem

03/30/2014 6:03 PM

03/29/2014 11:25 AM

Re "Lining up for the cap and trade gusher" (Dan Morain, March 23): Dan Morain's piece about the impending gas tax was quite an eye-opener. Politicians passed cap-and-trade regulations back in 2006, but somehow we're just now realizing that we're all facing a 12-cent gas tax increase next year. Gas is already almost $4 a gallon, and any additional tax will just make it worse.

Morain is right; a tax increase of this amount will hurt those struggling to make ends meet the most. While I get Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's rationale, is replacing one tax increase with another the right answer? All we've been seeing out of Sacramento lately is tax increase proposal after tax increase proposal. We were promised no more taxes after Prop 30, but it looks like politicians knew in 2012 that they'd break that promise in 2015.

-- Peter McCallister, Small business owner, Sacramento

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