Letter: Gas tax shell game
Now that the gas tax will increase, state government will be awash in money. Oh! What will they do with all?
I am not necessarily opposed to an increase if it will be used for what the all-knowing politicians have advertised. What I am opposed to is the reality of that increase being squandered and siphoned off to unrelated expenditures, departments and, of course, the general fund.
The supporters in Concord politicked the tax is for deteriorating roads and bridges. To me, that means projects of age.
Well the Interstate 93 project can’t be deteriorating yet. Even though it is a government project and not yet complete. To all the disingenuous politicians I ask, how much of the 4.2 cents will actually be used for what you said, deteriorating roads and bridges?
In July 2016, I will request a hard copy accounting of how much the tax increase generated, where it went and what it bought? I will be skeptical though because I can’t be sure from which set of books the state will provide that information. Let’s always remember, when a politician has your tax money, they become an expert player in the shell game.