Gas tax hike opponents to pay motorists’ gas taxes at Summerville station Thursday

A group opposed to increasing the gasoline tax in South Carolina will pay the gasoline taxes for motorists at a Summerville gas station Thursday during afternoon rush hour.

A group opposed to raising the gasoline tax will pay the gas tax portion of motorists’ bills in Summerville during afternoon rush hour Thursday as a way to bring attention to how much in taxes drivers already pay.

Americans for Prosperity-South Carolina will be at Express Petroleum at 139 S. Main St. at 4 p.m., trying to reinforce the argument against a 10-cents-gallon gasoline tax hike being considered by state lawmakers to build and repair roads.

The group, part of a national organization, will pay the state and federal gas tax as well as the proposed tax increase lawmakers are considering. It amounts to about 45 cents a gallon.

Signage at the gas station will reflect the change in price.

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The event will follow a similar one by the group in Greenville Wednesday morning.

“Commuters all over the state have to budget carefully to make sure they can afford to fill their tanks, but rarely do they get reminded about how much of that cost is pure tax,” group state director Dave Schwartz said. “With unaccountable bureaucrats spending this money on mass transit and even bike paths, it begs the question: do we need a massive gas tax hike?”

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