January 18, 2013

Regarding the Jan. 14 Washington Business article “Idea of replacing gas tax popular in Va.”:

Nearly everyone quoted runs a business that relies on vehicles: a cab driver, a moving company, a limousine service and a courier service. Of course these businesses support cutting the gas tax.

What about consumers? People who care about the environment? Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s proposal to create a fee for fuel-efficient cars is absurd, creating a disincentive to using less gas and protecting the environment. Shifting taxes from gas to sales makes people who might not even own a car pay more for roads. This is regressive.

McDonnell’s proposals are shortsighted and will not solve Virginia’s transportation infrastructure needs. The Post should have spoken to a broader range of people and avoided a false headline that suggests this proposal is supported more broadly than it is.

Eric Rardin, Alexandria