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Matt Schellenberg: Jacksonville’s Proposed Gas Tax Hike Will Hurt the Poor, Bring Less Accountability...
Historically, the gas tax is a progressive tax that impacts the poor the most. Generally speaking, lower-income earners do not own gas-efficient cars and are not likely to purchase an EV vehicle in the next 10 to 20 years. More importantly, COVID-19 has changed the nature of work—perhaps permanently.
On Friday, Lawson announced funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration will be headed to the First Coast to “help JTA with administrative leave costs due to reductions in service and the state-mandated quarantine.”
“This new funding will support expansion of the FCF’s Southwest Corridor, known as the Purple Line,” the congressman’s office noted.