Missouri Lawmakers

Missouri Lawmakers Want to Raise Taxes on the Poor [VIDEO]

To fix roads and bridges, Missouri lawmakers want a regressive tax!

I missed the news a month ago that Missouri lawmakers want a gas tax. I wonder if this is going on in other states.

A month ago they were just considering a two-cent-a-gallon increase. Now we find out from KSDK that they want three times that amount.

The Missouri Senate has agreed on a plan to raise the state’s fuel tax by nearly six cents per gallon to pay for road and bridge projects.

Senators endorsed the proposal Wednesday. The plan would also require voter approval.

Bill sponsor Sen. Doug Libla faced some opposition from fellow Republicans who said the Transportation Department needs to use its current funding more efficiently.

One of the consolations of living in Missouri is our low gas prices. Naturally, politicians want to punish people for their residual prosperity.

And I suppose it is no surprise that a Republican politician is imitating Obama.

It has been long observed and acknowledged that government bureaucracies in every country always try to overspend their budgets is order to lobby for a bigger one the next year. Any bureaucracy that was so efficient as to spend less would be immediately punished with less money. So, naturally, the Missouri Department of Transportation is never going to use its funding “more efficiently.”

Who bears the main burden of this tax? The poor. Those who have to drive to work cannot reduce the amount of gas they use. Furthermore, spending on gas represents a larger percentage of their total income. Raising the price of gasolines feeds the substance of the poor to a government bureaucracy.

If the Missouri government cared about the people of Missouri, it would at least freeze the level of spending and then let the various departments fight among themselves over who gets how much money. If the budget were understood to be limited, then there might be a chance that they would spend it more efficiently.

If they’ll do it in Missouri, legislators in any state with lower than average gas taxes will probably try it. Stay alert!

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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