Elliott Parker and John Scire

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May 27, 2010
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Commentary: For our security, raise the gas tax

The Nevada Department of Transportation wants to replace our gas tax with a mileage tax, raising privacy concerns. We should increase the gasoline tax instead, for both economic and security reasons.

Taxes generate state revenue to help fund needed road construction, but they also affect our incentives. When consumption has spillover costs, it is efficient to discourage overuse.

We import most of our oil, and three of our primary sources, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Venezuela, are countries with repressive regimes. Saudi Wahhabists are a prime source of funds for al-Qaida and other Islamic terrorists. Anything we can do to reduce …

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