Gov. Nikki Haley wants to raise the gas tax only if the state income tax is lowered from 7 percent to 5 percent. The wealthiest Americans love that kind of thinking.

Working people pay a much larger portion of their income on sales taxes and user fees than do the wealthy.

Using her thinking, it’s just a matter of time before all government will be paid for by those least able to pay for it. A simplified graduated income tax minus the 10,000 loopholes is the ideal way to finance government services and force the rich to pay their fair share.

The rich get rich and the poor get poorer. Just another nail in the coffin. Thanks a lot, Gov. Haley.

I’m not smiling.

Merrill Ridgway

McRoy Street

North Charleston