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Boomers Stick Next Generation with the Gas Bill

Rising oil and gas prices are hitting people hard enough, but now state legislators are raising gas taxes too, looking to find funds to repair aging transportation infrastructure:

The infrastructure problems are especially severe among states in the Northeast but stretch across the entire nation, and they have been compounded by decades of underfunding and delaying construction and renovation of roads, bridges and other essential infrastructure, such as utilities. As a result, governors and state lawmakers of both parties, many of whom have pledged not to raise taxes, are left in an uncomfortable position of seeking revenue through fees and taxes that could be passed on to voters. […]

Fourteen states haven’t raised their gas tax in two decades, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and only eight states and Washington, D.C., have raised gas taxes since 2008.

This story is about more than just high gas prices or taxes. It’s yet another case of the boomer generation stealing from younger generations. Besides promising themselves fat pensions that they refused to save money or tax themselves to pay for, the boomers let the country’s infrastructure run down. The next generation is already staggering under a rising tax burden, student loan debt, and retirees’ massive health care bills. On top of all this, they now have to pay through the nose just to keep the roads, bridges, and tunnels in good repair after years of neglect and deferred maintenance.

Are the boomers just incompetent narcissists, or are they the worst generation in American history?

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