.by Anura Guruge
I happened to hear this on NHPR on Tuesday. I was quite shocked. This could add up. Still amazes me, each and every time we fill up either of the vehicles and the total is over $60. We have fairly economical cars and we don’t drive much. We have had the Kia Sportage for 8 months and we still haven’t gone past 6,000. [The dealership is going bonkers because they think we are past due to 1st service, at 7,500 miles. I like to see them get agitated. They promised us free oild changes for 2 years. So I am waiting to see what happens when we finally go there in a couple of months.]
If the bill passes the 12 cents will be phased in over 3 years. 4 cents a gallon, year one. So 60 cents more, first year, for every 15 gallons. But, it will add up. I think gas taxes are classed as being regressive; impacts poor people disproportionate more than the rich. I think the argument is that the poor still have to drive to work, to stores etc. They also may have older, less efficient cars. So while they might not drive the big SUV tanks they still have to buy a fair amount of gas.
A hike in the gas tax is probably not the right thing to do. Raise the tolls. Charge out-of-state cars more. Easy-Pass can do that on the fly on their computer.
I have also noticed that wine and liquor prices are slowly, but surely, creeping up. I am sure glad I am not an alcoholic — despite my religious imbibing of one large glass of diluted red wine a day. That is per doctor’s orders. Medicinal.
Also looks like my ‘buddy’, Ed Philpot, Chairman, Belknap Country Commission, might, using a legal challenge, force through the 9% hike in County taxes! I could be wrong, but I get a sneaking feeling that our taxes, at the local level, are going up, up and even higher.