Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gas Surtax Better Than Bridge Tolls: Laval Mayor

Cars line up at the tolls booths on the Champlain Bridge in Montreal in the 1980s. Laval Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt says a gasoline surtax makes more sense than resurrecting bridge tolls, which he says harm the poor more than the rich. Photograph by: Len Sidaway, Gazette file photo.

From The Montreal Gazette:

MONTREAL – Higher gasoline taxes would make a lot more sense than bridge tolls as a tool to reduce automobile congestion on the island of Montreal, says Laval Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt.

“We don’t want tolls, we want higher gasoline taxes,” Vaillancourt said in an interview Monday.

By “we,” Vaillancourt means he and other municipal leaders in the Montreal region’s off-island suburbs, where people who commute to Montreal island for work would be hurt most by the introduction of bridge tolls.

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My Comment: I always find it remarkable that each time a government budget is not met (which is all the time), the natural default position of the politician is to raise taxes.

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