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Letter to the Editor
Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Don't tap taxpayers

Recently, the state Senate Transportation Committee put forth a proposed bill for Gov. One Term to sign that says it will raise $2.5 billion for roads and bridges.

While you can't deny the work needs to be done, placing the cost on the backs of taxpayers is wrong. We don't get rental vehicles or per diem payments, or have new SUVs with bottomless gas tanks like the governor does.

In the last 10 years, we have had three major new revenue streams: slot machines, table gaming and the Marcellus shale industry. We know Gov. One Term gave the house to the gas industry, but where is the gambling money?

Remember how slots were going to greatly reduce or eliminate property taxes? Mine just went up 30 percent.

Real people are struggling to keep gas tanks half-full and need reductions in gas prices — not increases.

Joe Lucas

South Side

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