Though North Carolina allowed its gas tax to rise 2.5 cents (to total 35 cents) on July 1st, there were a few legislators both inside and outside the state that stood against the increase. Within the state, Rep. Glen Bradley has been an outspoken voice in favor of a gas tax cap. Here’s what he had to say on the tax:
“As it stands, the gasoline tax is a regressive tax. That hurts the poor most. The price of gasoline affects more than just transportation to go to work or look for a job, it also affects the price of goods delivered to stores and food most of all.”
Opposition is not limited to our state alone. South of us, Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia issued an executive order to halt a 1.6 cent gas tax increase scheduled to take effect July 1st. Overall savings estimated by his office is calculated to be in the magnitude of $40 million over the next six months. That’s $40 million for people to invest into their businesses, communities, and families rather than their gas tanks. That’s $40 million that the government has given back to the people by showing self-restraint.
If only North Carolina would follow suit…