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January 13, 2015 at 6:50 AM

Funding education: An idea for a new tax

State Sen. Christine Rolfes in her guest column “Spending more on public education” [Opinion, Jan. 7], stated that “no one wants to pay more taxes.”

I do not want to quibble with the absolute “no one.” However, if education needs more money, why not increase the gasoline tax by 5 or 10 cents per gallon and pledge 100 percent of this money exclusively toward education. I am positive that there are many people who have no problem supporting a specific worthwhile cause with a minuscule tax increase. Europeans pay twice the money we pay for gasoline and many freeways are tolled.

People voted for smaller class sizes and charter schools and, somehow, we need to pay for it. If, on the other hand, you do not like paying taxes, I suggest you visit countries that operate without a reliable tax base, which have no public education or health care, let alone democracy and all the goodies we take for granted.

James Behrend, Bainbridge Island

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