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Gas tax revenues haven’t kept up with transportation needs

IN HIS op-ed warning against a gasoline tax increase unless the state commits to making maintence a higher priority, Steve Poftak of the Pioneer Institute ( “Gas tax isn’t a simple cure for Mass. transportation,’’ Op-ed, Nov. 25) avoids an important fact about the state gasoline tax: it has not risen since 1990. But the consumer price index has increased in that time, so every year we essentially get a tax cut.

Adding to that the fact that many of us drive more fuel-efficient cars, revenue falls farther behind needs year after year. Simply adjusting the tax for inflation, and indexing it going forward, would help tremendously in our struggle to address our backlog of infrastructure work.

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