Letter: No to higher gas taxes

February 22, 2014 

It appears the Washington Legislature and the governor are trying to increase the state taxes for gasoline and natural gas before the national gas tax is increased. We pay 55.9 cents per gallon for gasoline tax and 61.90 cents per gallon for diesel, both figures include the national tax of 18.4 cents per gallon. There is a lot of discussion in Washington, D.C., to raise the national tax. No wonder, because American oil and natural gas are what drive our economy, and we want to ship ours out of the country for higher prices.

I recommend going to the American Petroleum Institute website at www.api.org and view the map of state and federal fuel excise taxes and read about other issues. The petroleum industry pays $85 million per day in national fees and taxes, which produces $80 billion year. It is estimated to reach $800 billion by 2030. Why do we need increased gas taxes when there is no oversight of transportation spending in this state. Look at the roads, bridges, tunnels and local needs. Reform is needed, not increased taxes. Write or call your representatives in Olympia to control new taxes.

RICHARD YRJANSON, Kennewick

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