On July 1, Idaho’s gasoline tax went up 7 cents a gallon. The total tax paid will be 32 cents (Idaho) + 18.4 cents (federal) = 50.4 cents. Although many of us can remember buying a gallon of gas, tax included, for nearly half that amount in the pre-embargo 1970s, I love the “usage” tax. I don’t care if the megarich don’t pay their fair share in income tax. I care if the consumers of our land, our water, our roads — our entire infrastructure — aren’t paying their fair share. Look at your footprint on this planet and ask yourself, “Am I paying my fair share?” As an apartment dweller with a bicycle, yes, you probably are; as the owner of two homes, two cars and a pickup, an RV, a boat and a swimming pool, no, you probably are not. I know these are generalities, but I propose, in terms of income taxation, to reward those who live simpler and more environmentally responsible lives.
Stuart Hotchkiss, Boise
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