Are you concerned about rising gas prices? Sen. Tick Segerblom doesn't appear to be — in fact, he wants to substantially increase Nevada's gas tax. And he thinks that tax increase would be "meaningless" for the average consumer.
Meaningless? Does he know any average or poor consumers?
The Las Vegas Democrat (Segerblom) said the timetable (for Project Neon) can be cut in half if his Senate Bill 377 becomes law. The bill would impose a 2 cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase per year for 10 years. The tax, now 52.2 cents per gallon, would rise to 72.2 cents by the end of the decade. …
Segerblom said the new tax was “meaningless” for the average consumer and would bring in $3 billion over 10 years.
Segerblom doesn't just want to increase the gas tax by 2 cents a gallon. He wants to increase the gas tax by 2 cents per gallon each year for 10 years, a 20-cent increase in total.
Let's say your family has two vehicles that get 30 MPG and you drive a combined 24,000 miles a year. You would pay an additional $160 in gas taxes in 2023 under Segerblom's bill.
If you're poor and can't afford a car with better gas mileage or have a long commute to work, you'd likely pay more.
We already know that higher gas prices have forced consumers to cut back on groceries and vacations. But don't worry, average citizen, Segerblom says tradeoffs like that are "meaningless."
Hungry kids because you had to cut back on groceries? "Meaningless," implies Segerblom.
Can't afford the entry fees to Red Rock Canyon for a family outing? "Meaningless," implies Segerblom.
Lose your home to foreclosure because this tax increase is the straw that breaks your financial back? "Meaningless," implies Segerblom.
The problem with tax-loving liberals like Segerblom is that they only see what is obvious on the surface and ignore the "unseen" impacts their policies have.
Segerblom can see Project Neon. There will be news reports, temporary construction jobs and a permanent structure.
There would be no news reports on kids going hungry because of this tax increase. There are no statistics on family outings that don't occur because of high taxes. There's no way to measure the families that would lose their homes to foreclosure because this tax increase would be the straw that breaks their financial back.
These are the consequences that are unseen by Segerblom, but these are also the consequences that are felt, known and struggled with by the "average" consumer.