Sorry if this becomes a bit rantish, but why the hell is there this much noise over 2.8 cents? For those of you that do not read North Carolina newspapers, websites, or watch local news, the gas tax is set to increase 2.8 cents a gallon on the 1st. This change is due to the fact that part of the gas tax in this state is pegged as a percentage of the cost of gas in the trailing 6 months. Since prices were higher these last six months, the tax is going up.
Since that time, there has been a push by some legislators to call a special session to cap the tax. And many news outlets have picked up on the story. The most recent one is the Jacksonville Daily News. And their estimate of the total cost of the tax to family over a year: $15.
Now why would money be wasted on calling a special session to stop this minuscule amount? Gas prices are higher now than typical, but they should be even higher. Gas should cost consumers what it costs the environment and the other residents of this state. I have sympathy for individuals that need to drive to work or school because of the lack of public transportation in this state. And the gas tax does nothing to improve public transportation since the funds are used to build more roads.
However, the high the price of gas, the less that people drive. The less people drive, the less pollution and congestion. It is simple logic. Maybe too simple to have any of our politicians understand it.
Those that agree with me regarding this issue, can e-mail the governor at http://www.governor.state.nc.us/email.asp?to=1 to let him know that you are against the special session as a waste of money.