Gas tax increase in our best interest

February 13, 2014

In his State of the State address, Gov. Jack Markell called for a $500 million increase over the state’s current financial plan to invest in improving the state’s transportation network while creating good jobs and laying the foundation for future prosperity. He proposed a 10-cent per gallon gas tax increase and borrowing to fund the proposal.

Tax increases are never popular; however at times, they are necessary to meet genuine public needs. This is one of those times. Highway and bridge improvements are vital for public safety. Resulting construction jobs will enable Delaware’s workforce to earn decent wages and contribute to the economy, while businesses need a reliable transportation network to obtain supplies and raw materials and to get their products to market.

Gov. Markell’s proposal - including the gas tax increase - is in the best interest of all Delawareans.   It will make us safer, create many good jobs and make our economy stronger.

Richard Legatski

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