From: Proud Infidel
To: Scott Sandall, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Justin Fawson, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Mike Schultz, Paul Ray, Curtis Oda, Brad Wilson, Steve Handy, Stewart Barlow, Timothy D. Hawkes, Raymond Ward, Becky Edwards, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Sandra Hollins, Rebecca Houck, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Lee Perry, Fred Cox, Sophia DiCaro, LaVar Christensen, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Justin J. Miller, Daniel McCay, Kim Coleman, Earl Tanner, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Ken Ivory, Keven John Stratton, Robert Spendlove, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, John Knotwell, Melvin Brown, Kraig Powell, Scott H. Chew, Kay Christofferson, Brian Greene, Jon Cox, Val Peterson, Bradley Daw, Keith Grover, Jon Stanard, Dean Sanpei, Norm Thurston, Francis Gibson, Michael McKell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, Brad King, Kay Mciff, Brad Last, John Westwood, mnoel, Lowry Snow, Don Ipson, Luz Escamilla, Jim Dabakis, Gene Davis, Jani Iwamoto, Karen Mayne, Wayne Harper, Deidre Henderson, Brian Shiozawa, Wayne Niederhauser, Aaron Osmond, Howard Stephenson, Daniel Thatcher, Mark Madsen, Al Jackson, Margaret Dayton, curt, Peter Knudson, Ann Millner, Allen Christensen, Scott Jenkins, Jerry Stevenson, Stuart Adams, Todd Weiler, Ralph Okerlund, Lyle Hillyard, Kevin Van Tassell, David Hinkins, Evan Vickers, Steve Urquhart,
Subject: SB 160
Date: Sat Feb 14 18:51:13 MST 2015
Body:
Dear Senators and Representatives,

I appreciate the work that you all do for me and my fellow Utahans but I felt it necessary to reach out to all of you regarding SB 160.  I would implore you to not proceed with the approval of the increase in the gas tax.  It may be only 0.10/gallon extra but that is still a large burden for the middle and low class to bare here in Utah.  I would ask that you open your eyes and your ears to those of us that are working to make ends meet and are the work force that helps runs this Great State. 

Unfortunately, we are just the little guys and gals that feel that they are being thrown under the bus and are being pushed into servitude by the many taxes that are being imposed on us.  Here we are finding some relief in the lowering of gas prices but yet you feel it necessary to raise the gas tax which mind you will not go away once the gas prices are raised again.  We know that these gas prices will go up and this tax will become an even bigger burden to the lower and middle classes.

It seems the argument that has been presented is that the lowering of gas prices is decreasing the amount of taxes that are being collected and therefore straining the States ability fix the roads.  This is not true.  The issue was that as gas prices rose over the last few years, we started looking at ways to decrease our dependency on cars not to mention started looking at alternative fuel vehicles and higher MPG vehicles to help lighten the burden on our pocket books.  As gas prices start coming down, we saw the opportunity to take those trips and get back in our vehicles which  in turn has helped increase the amount of taxes being collected to help pay for those needed repairs.

I find it interesting that you feel the only way to fix a problem is through taxation.  While we tighten our belts, again, and continue to live within our means.  Government continues to waste money and live beyond their means all the while they look for those of us struggling to put food on the table for our families to once again bale you out.  Maybe we need to get individuals in office that will stop listening to special interest groups and their rich campaign fund contributors and start listening to the majority rather than the minority.

You wonder why the middle and lower classes here in Utah do not trust you and want to vote you all out of office.  Unfortunately, we as a State and Nation have yet to learn from the past and therefore we will be condemned to repeat it.  I ask that you look at alternative methods to save money for the State of Utah.  It may be good to stop increasing your pay as well as the pay the pay for those State Agencies that are unable to live within their means.  This would be a shining light to those of us that are in the trenches since none of us have seen an increase in our pays over the past several years if not longer yet the cost of living continues to increase. 

I hope that some of you will take this to heart and begin listening to us.  I appreciate your time. 

Sincerely,

The Middle and Lower Classes of Utah