By Becky Mickel
The state Senate meeting in Richmond this month is divided over a budget proposal that would increase the gas tax to help maintain roads. Virginians already pay 35.9 cents per gallon in taxes each time they go to the pump, of which 17.5 cents goes to the state. Although this rate is lower than in any surrounding state, the most expensive motor fuel is nearing $4 per gallon. In Rockbridge County, where public transportation is scarce, gas prices affect all drivers. For some, that expense isn’t restricted to the commute to and from work. Papa John’s Pizza deliverers must pay for the gas they use to make deliveries, an expense that cuts into their hourly wages and tips. Listen to the story of Emil Gadford, a Rockbridge resident and former deliveryman whose income was hurt by rising gas expenses.