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Bert Dirschell


Dear Editor:

A recent NT opinion piece noted that Missouri lawmakers might finally raise the state's fuel tax. It's about time! The last time they did so was in 1992.

Increasing the tax by 2 cents per gallon is almost a waste of time. I would fully support a 10-cent fuel tax increase if it included assurances that all tax revenues collected on motor vehicles, motor vehicle fuels, etc. were dedicated to roads and bridges. Without that assurance, I will not support any increase. Beyond that I would fully support an additional 18 cent per gallon state motor fuel tax increase if the federal fuel tax were reduced by that amount. The interstate system is far enough along that we don't need more "help" (interference) from the federal government. Let Missourians decide which roads and bridges we want to repair and construct.

I would like a legislator to explain what we motor fuel taxpayers get for the $80-90 million a year, the majority of which comes from the federal government, the Department of Transportation spends on "Multimodal Operations and Programs." Do our state motor fuel taxes fund these expenditures? Perhaps one of our federal legislators could enlighten us as to the source of the federal funding (federal motor fuel taxes?).

Do drivers of electric vehicles pay any taxes for using our roads and bridges?

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