Wheelage Taxes? Are You Kidding Me?

Editors of the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota are begging not just for the state to tax gasoline but for local officials to embrace their inner tax man. And boy, do they have some “creative” ideas.

They’re talking about wheelage taxes, street improvement districts and transportation access charges — as if those are good ideas. If the bureaucrats are going to go that far, they might as well adopt the European insanity that is the value-added tax. The goal is the same: Tax Americans at every stage of the travel process.

The editors lamented, “Oh for the good old days, when a gas tax hike was considered enough.” I say, “Oh for the good old days, when editors spoke budget-cutting truth to power instead of justifying more taxes on the people.”

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