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Published: Thursday, Feb. 23 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Corn Dog
New York, NY

Mayor Corroon fails to mention that Utah's transportation "progress", depending as it does on what he calls "federal" dollars, comes at a cost to non-Utahns. Those federal transportation dollars come from gasoline taxes paid for by people who mostly don't live in and likely will never visit Utah. Why should people in Mississippi have to pay taxes that pay for Utah's transportation projects? They have their own transportation needs.

The federal government shouldn't be funding local transportation projects anyway. Arguably the only national program that benefitted from the Highway Trust Fund was the Interstate Highway System, which is now complete.

Time to end the federal gasoline tax and let the individual states pay for their own transportation needs.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

What is funny is the proposed changes just change the point at which the consumer pays the tax. Either we will pay it at the pump, or we will pay for it in an upstream tax structure - which would of course be added into the cost of the crude itself. The net effect is just to change which pocket the money is taken from. All this so the consumer sees a 2 -3 cent decrease at the pump, perhaps, if the oil companies don't pass on the extra cost to them. (what do you think the odds are they will just suck it up and absorb the additional cost?)

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