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Rep. BR Skelton should prioritize spending and stop waste before raising gas taxes. We don’t have a revenue problem; he has a spending problem. Skelton wants a 26 cent gas tax. Bad enough but it gets worse. He wants automatic adjustments twice a year with autopilot increases so he can confiscate money twice a year forever. Skelton says there is no way to fix roads without a tax increases. Nonsense.


The past 10 years the General Fund has automatically grown from $4.9 billion to $6.3 billion through revenue growth; $1.4 billion in new money. If roads are priority, why didn’t he use some of the extra on roads? Skelton should stop diverting road funds to other uses and stop spending revenue growth on pork projects .


Had BR Skelton used even a portion of the increased income on roads, millions in improvements could have occurred without new taxes. To paraphrase Governor Haley, “we don’t need more taxes; we need to wisely spend what’s already collected, millions in gas tax are diverted away from roads to other agencies.” I agree. BR Skelton should prioritize spending and forget about his higher tax scheme.


BR Skelton neglects roads, squanders revenue increases, diverts gas tax from roads, and now wants more money. Bait and switch. Deceitful exaggeration to convince us all that’s needed is higher tax and everything will be fine. Then comes the switch. Increases go to politically motivated projects, and the tax and spend cycle continues.


Phillip Bowers


Chairman


Pickens County Republican Party


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