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Gas taxes punishing

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

High gas prices? Look no further than double taxes.

With the start of the summer driving season, Illinois citizens have seen the price of gas continue to climb. But the problem is far worse in our state than in other parts of the country. In fact, Illinois gas prices are 40 cents per gallon higher than the national average, and that is mainly because of the amount of taxes added to your bill at the pump.

Motorists in all states pay motor-fuel taxes, which fund road maintenance and construction projects. The combined federal, state and county motor-fuel taxes total 40 cents per gallon of gas. But that isn’t where the taxes end in our state. Illinois also has a 19-cents-per-gallon sales tax and a 11-cents-per-gallon environmental tax.

The sales-tax dollars generated from the sale of gasoline are supposed to fund road projects, but instead are spent elsewhere. Tally it all up, and you’re spending 70 cents per gallon of gas on taxes.

Contact your state politicians and encourage them to end the double taxation on gas prices in Illinois that are punishing consumers.

Mike Clarke

Harvard

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