Comment 5963

By Locke (registered) | Posted March 22, 2007 at 12:24:15

While I certainly understand the argument here, $6.30 per month is a lot for people working minimum wage. No, they are not likely to quit their jobs, but that $6.30 will hurt that wage earner more and come directly out of the local economy.

In contrast (and in keeping with a progressive tax system), $6.30 per month can more easily be given up by wealthier wage earners -- and is less likely to be removed from the local economy... which is why a gas-tax transfer is so appealing: it works on a luxury-tax scheme where if you really want and can afford to drive your SUV in the short term, then you can help your community improve public transit service. In the longer term, we lessen the appeal of single vehicle commuting through improved service and might pry commuters out of their cars.

Yes, inflationary raises are reasonable, but until we stop subsidizing the single-vehicle commute it will only hurt the system.

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