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Letter: Gas tax plan a lot of hot air

To the Editor:

A powerful Democrat, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is proposing a 30-cent increase per gallon gas tax. It is being disguised as a "transportation fix."

It is a shame that a non-politician, like Trump, gets our cost of gas down, while some politician wants to increase our cost of gas.  

Having driven on many Illinois roads, I have noticed a overwhelming increase in traffic on our roads and in our gas stations filling up with gas, since Trump got elected president. There is no denying that the current increased economy has caused the increased traffic and therefore, people buying more gas.

Illinois is not dedicating that gas tax money collected for only roads and bridges! 

As a side note, and to be fair, those who own electric cars need to pay an odometer tax, based on miles driven or a yearly surcharge Road Use Tax (RUT). The electric car owners must pay RUT even for miles driven on tollways, just like gas car owners do when they buy gas at Illinois gas stations and pay gas tax.

Having said all that, I believe this "transportation pot fix" is nothing more than a "pension problem hole patch!"

Jerry Taylor

Plainfield

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