Another interesting story this morning, this one from Greenville:
It seems that the folks in Virginia, in a similar plight when it comes to worsening infrastructure and a lack of funds to fix it, are considering swapping their gas tax for a larger sales tax. And S.C. leaders, who for some reason decided that raising our outdated gas tax is strictly verboten, are looking north and wondering if we could do the same here.
I've got some of the same concerns as those cited in the article, namely that a higher sales tax would unfarily penalize people who may not even be driving, as opposed to a gas tax that at least relies on people who actually use the roads. It's also more regressive, and as we learned when we started making school funding rely more on sales taxes, it fluctuates quite a bit. Nevertheless, it's at least good news that legislators are talking about finding more funding somewhere, a major issue for the state we've pointed out several times in recent months.