Letter: There’s a positive side to increased gas taxes in state

Published 7:56 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Recently, an article in the Albert Lea Tribune by Republican Rep. Peggy Bennett cited the disadvantages of an increased gas tax. This is understandable as Miss Bennett has no children or grandchildren. It must make sense to her to pass on the costs of road and bridge repairs to future generations.

However, there is a positive side to increased gas taxes.

• Some people will drive less meaning less traffic, less accidents, less injuries and deaths.

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• Some people will drive slower, as it is well known that gas consumption increases exponentially the faster you drive — again resulting in less accidents and less injuries and deaths.

• Some people will purchase more gas-efficient cars or electric cars

• Some people will walk or ride a bicycle, thus improving their health — think Blue Zones — and lowering the rising cost of health care — think obesity epidemic or crowded emergency rooms.

• Some people will carpool or use public transportation, resulting in less air pollution and slowing climate change.

Our roads won’t wear out as fast, saving money in the long term.

Ted Myers

Albert Lea