CONSUMERS SEE FIRST-HAND THE IMPACT OF GAS TAXES … TAX HIKES
|| By FITSNEWS || We dinged the group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) recently for taking its eye off the ball on the gasoline tax issue … criticism which apparently found its mark. This week AFP is working it, though … holding an event at Eagles Gas Station in Greenville, S.C.
The purpose of the event? To show South Carolina motorists just how much the existing gas tax – and several proposed “Republican” gas tax increases – will impact them at the pump.
According to a press release from the organization – which is supported by billionaire industrialists Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch – Greenville motorists were given a brief tax holiday when AFP covered their gas tax bill. That’s right … AFP paid their gas tax bill … letting them see what percentage of their weekly fill-up goes to government.
“When people realized how much of their gas bills were going into government coffers, a lot of them were shocked,” AFP’s state director Dave Schwartz said. “These events really prove that when people understand what they already pay and the poor condition of some of our roads, they can’t believe lawmakers are asking for more.”
We can’t believe it either … especially seeing how dirt poor South Carolinians are already spending a disproportionate share of their incomes on fuel costs. In fact according to the latest data, Palmetto State residents spend more of their meager incomes on fuel than residents of any other state save Mississippi and West Virginia.
This website has consistently opposed the gas tax hike – both the $427 million hike approved by the “Republican-controlled” House and the $800 million hike recently sent to the floor of the “Republican-controlled” State Senate.
Why? Because state lawmakers have more than enough money to adequately maintain and reasonably expand our infrastructure system – they’re simply choosing to spend that money elsewhere.