New state gas tax not to blame for high gas prices

Commentary | September 21, 2005 | By John Burbank | Tacoma News Tribune

Each county gets money to work on transportation infrastructure, safety and mobility projects. To do this, the gas tax will rise 3 cents per gallon next year, 2 cents in 2007 and 1.5 cents in 2008. With this year's tax contribution in place, the gas tax is 25 percent less than what we paid in the 1960s. In fact, the tax collected per vehicle mile dropped more than 10 percent between 1980 and 2004. Let's not confuse the cost of gas with the gas tax.

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