11:00 AM EST, December 18, 2012
It is not surprising that people such as Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III are calling again for an increase in the gas tax ("Calls for new road and transit funding," Dec. 13). Look around at all the other transportation projects that no one except the politicians wanted: the Intercounty Connector (billions of dollars), the Interstate 95 express toll lanes (billions more), the construction at I-95 and Route 24 (millions on top of that). It goes on and on.
The politicians seem to think taxpayers are an endless supply of funds, yet if you look at what they are doing at White Marsh Boulevard and have done at Route 24, they've put in more traffic signals which will cause us to waste more gas. It is ridiculous, and I am hoping the taxpayers recognize the politicians seem to no longer have the taxpayers' best interests in mind but some other interests.
The Sun brings up the fact that the gas tax hasn't been raised since 1992, seemingly indicating we need or there should be an increase. No, there should be a decrease. Interestingly, The Sun never mentioned all the fees raised under Gov. Martin O'Malley including title, registration fees, speed cameras and of course the 6 percent sales tax and toll increases.
It is time we fight back and tell these politicians no new fees or taxes. They seem to be able to raid the transportation trust fund at will, but interestingly, it seems the toll money must only go toward certain things.
Stanley C Mason, Joppa