This is in response to the letter appearing on June 6 in the advocate by an attorney from Gonzales. I agree that there are a lot of people who can afford his 30-cent assumed cost of gasoline per day increase. However, the working poor, retirees on fixed incomes, students commuting, dual income families (maybe with a student), the disabled, may not agree with that assumption. That is a per vehicle 30-cents increase.
Taking it a step further, by an increase in fuel costs, is it not true that every product that we use that uses ground transportation, will increase prices to absorb the higher fuel cost? All food, building materials, household goods, dining out, etc.? The cost of everything we use will increase along with the gasoline tax increase, even the cost of shipping the gas.
How have Lake Charles, Shreveport and Slidell been able to improve their interstate systems and not Baton Rouge? Was it federal funding and not gas taxes? Where are the federal funds to improve the Baton Rouge interstate system? Why hasn't Interstate 49 been finished through Lafayette? This could take the east-west traffic to N.O. off the Baton Rouge interstate system. Is it because of the businesses along the Interstate 10 corridor from Baton Rouge to New Orleans depend on the income from these travelers, at the expense of adding to the Baton Rouge traffic congestion? And, finally, does the Louisiana public really believe all of the gas tax increase will be used for road and bridge improvements, and not siphoned off to fill gaps in other wasteful spending?