It’s certainly nice to have the low prices we are paying for gas at present. However, I think we need to look beyond that immediate happy situation.
What a golden opportunity for the government to apply, say, a 50-cent-per-gallon tax to the existing low price of gasoline. The money from such a tax should be strictly reserved for infrastructure restoration, which is going to cost billions in this state alone and dear knows how many billions (trillions?) across the country.
Washington state currently has dozens of bridges which are classed as “structurally deficient.” We are beginning to face a huge safety problem as well as a huge financial one. Are the many dams in Washington being maintained as they should be?
Infrastructure restoration is a matter of “pay me now or pay me a whole lot more later.” What will it be then? More money now for the malls and car dealers and let the next generation face an even bigger problem – or do we face the music?