Help students, roads

 

The July 14 editorial, Hit the gas, highlights the decreasing funds available to repair and maintain highways. The tax rate on a gallon of gas hasn’t been raised since 1993. It also mentions how higher efficiency cars are using less gas, thus decreasing fund coffers.

This may be true, but I don’t see the deleterious effects. In fact, I would say our highways are in the best shape I’ve ever seen. The editorial doesn’t mention the increase in the number of cars on the highway, or the higher levels of revenue collected from ever increasing tolls or added revenue collected from express lanes.

A similar situation exists for public schools. Over the past 20 years, state funds have shrunk. The state has come to rely on lottery to supplement support for schools. There are districts in our state that don’t have money to replace broken chairs, let alone funds to keep up with technology.

If we want children to grow up, get educated and secure a good-paying job so they can afford a car that uses gas to support those roads and highways, figure out how to better fund education. Otherwise, plan on expanding our mass-transit system.

Paul Sternschein, Pembroke Pines

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