Interestingly, just a couple of days ago, USA Today came out with a strong editorial in favor of raising the gas tax.
Gas taxes are not perfect. Unlike transponders, they don't allow for peak-hour pricing to reduce congestion. And, as many states have figured out, they raise less money when people buy more efficient cars.The State is monkeying with House Bill 2453, which would add a mileage fee for owners of electric cars and other high-mileage vehicles.
But they have the great virtue of being uncomplicated and fair. The people who pay the most gas tax are those who drive the most and use the most gas. Makes sense to us....
...it is best to keep things simple.
And the simplest, fairest and least invasive way to respond to lower gas tax revenue is with higher gas taxes.
Meanwhile, as Curt pointed out in a comment, the City's argument for adding a fee to utility bills to pay for street lights is revealing.
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In its current proposal, it would add a monthly fee like this:
|The fees would collect nearly $2M a year|
|Revenue is down because we are driving less|
Hypocrisy might be too strong a word, but the inconsistency is certainly striking.
Maybe it's time to reconsider the gas tax? There are many reasons to support an increase in the gas tax, and for a mainstream publication like USA Today to embrace an increase is a sign of some traction.
An increase would be part of a strategy for climate change, as well. Initial reports were that the monitoring station in Hawaii last week reached 400ppm of atmospheric Carbon Dioxide, a symbolic threshold that shows just how bad things have got. The reading has since been revised downward to 399.89ppm. Whatever. It's gonna break 400 this summer.
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