Your daily Letter to the columnist — Jan. 21, 2013
Just wanted you to know that you did a great job on the gas tax etc on Sunday.
Two issues Gov. McDonnell has not addressed to my knowledge: Currently 20-25 percent of our gas tax is paid by out-of-state buyers traveling through the Commonwealth. I like them sharing our costs.
With the Gov’s plan all that would be paid by Virginians, leaving about 3$00 million on the table for us to make up if my memory of the numbers is correct.
Also, what keeps the gas companies from raising the price after no gas tax is in effect to match the price of surrounding states so gas is pretty uniform?
With states all around us having higher gas taxes than we do, do you see that much difference in the cost of fuel when you visit there? Not in my trips north, south and west of the Commonwealth. Just thought I might throw these out as I am not sure the no tax Gov or his staff has thought this out yet.
As you might know as a transportation person all my life I have significant interest in this and just hope we find some way to fix our roads and do for Virginia what is desperately needed. I still believe we do not want to increase the burden on Virginian’s when we can gain a lot from our millions of out of state visitors.