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Examiner
  • Raise the fuel tax to fix state's roads

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  • Wayne Wagner
    Independence
    To the editor:
    Missouri roads and bridges need a lot of upgrading, repairing and such. The cost of this is quite high, and the need has been neglected for too long. However, to even suggest that this be funded by a sales tax is quite ridiculous, unfair and thoughtless.
    The users of the roads should be the ones directly paying the costs. The tax on fuel has fared very well for this purpose in the past and should be raised. In addition, an analysis of large vehicles, namely over-the-road trucks, should be made to make sure they pay their fair share. They may not even fuel in Missouri as they pass through. There are many ways to correct this.
    Where on earth does thinking of a sales tax come from?

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