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Re: A black box in your car?
said by dave:Actually, that's a false choice. It's not so much that enough taxes aren't paid now to maintain the roads, it's more that the money gets diverted to other things that have nothing to do with infrastructure.
So, the choice seems to be:
- taxes that suffice to pay for road maintenance
- a usage fee which requires measuring usage
At some point we have to set some priorities. We have government pushing higher mileage vehicles on the one hand, and then lamenting the "lost" revenue on the other. Just as we have government bemoaning the health risks of things like smoking on the one hand, while happily taxing said smokers and diverting the funds raised to other things. (The most common excuse being "the little children.")
If tax monies raised were allocated specifically it would be one thing, but they almost never are. Even when they are in theory (like the stimulus money for "shovel ready jobs like roads and bridges"), they can still be diverted to other uses. So this whole campaign is just one more dog and pony show relying heavily on false logic and "fairness." No thanks.
said by goalieskates:Agreed. Back in '97, when Tom Ridge (the former head of Homeland Insecurity) was governor, he jacked up the gasoline taxes and the cost of registrations, supposedly to fix our roads and bridges. Our roads and bridges never got any better, but by an astonishing coincidence, we did get a bunch of taxpayer-funded sports stadiums. Naturally, there was a huge public outcry against both the tax hikes and the stadiums, but like most politicians, he basically said, "F you, we're doing it anyway!"
It's not so much that enough taxes aren't paid now to maintain the roads, it's more that the money gets diverted to other things that have nothing to do with infrastructure.