As everyone knows, poor planning and ignoring the state’s future have put us in our current fiscal mess.

Certainly, no one wants to be singled out to pay higher taxes.

So, a solution might be a tax that affects everyone equally.

This would be done with the understanding that as the state gets out of the red and into the black, the tax would be reduced until it is no longer necessary and eventually canceled.

Everyone has in the past has paid high gasoline prices and survived. Why not increase the gas tax at the pumps by 75 cents per gallon? Everyone can survive. Everyone pays, and the $600 million shortfall will disappear. None of the citizens will face reduced assistance.

TOPS could be fully funded, hospitals and schools would continue to function instead of losing teachers. No tuition increases would be necessary.

Just a thought.

Charles Brewer

retired

New Orleans