Staff reports | If you heard that a particular proposal raised taxes a “whopping 60 percent,” you might think that wasn’t so great.
But what if you were told a tax hike would cost the average resident just $5 per month? Would that seem a big deal, or something to shrug off?
Now let’s take these questions to another level: What if both statements were talking about the very same issue?
That’s what is happening with the just-passed S.C. House proposal to raise the gas tax by 10 cents per gallon. The average person would pay about $5 more per month, proponents say. But one opponent blasts it as a way to raise taxes 60 percent – from 16.75 cents per gallon to 26.75 cents per gallon.
Bottom line: It’s all about perspective. It’s not that hard to figure out a way to make numbers work for whatever political position you’re pushing. Be careful before getting upset.