Small businesses oppose increasing the state’s gasoline tax. Dawn Starns, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, says they surveyed their members and 73% oppose a gas tax hike. Starns says small business owners want to see better roads but...
“There is a lot of feeling that the state has increased taxes in a variety of different ways over the past couple years and they haven’t done a better job with the resources they have,” Starns said.
The business group, BUILD IT, supports an increase in the gasoline tax by anywhere from 15 to 20 cents to help with the construction of a new bridge over the Mississippi River. Starns says those supporters are engineers and architects who would see a boom in their business with this hike.
“But there are a lot of small business owners across the state who don’t necessarily think that they have a traffic problem and don’t necessarily think that they’d see any benefit from an increased tax, so it’s a hard thing to juggle.”
Starns says small business owners are also worried increased revenue from a higher gas tax won’t go to roads. She says state government needs to do more with what they have available to them.
“Our members see that inadequacies of some of these projects and the other frustrating part for them is the lack of accountability and transparency.”