I’ve railed on and on about this in conversation, but apparently the only place I’ve mentioned it on MO was in this comment on the post about Fulton County awarding water conservation with a rate increase.
WASHINGTON – Motorists are driving less and buying less gasoline, which means fuel taxes aren’t raising enough money to keep pace with the cost of road, bridge and transit programs.
A federal commission created by Congress to find a way to make up the growing revenue shortfall in the program that funds highway repairs and construction is talking about increasing federal gas and diesel taxes.
A roughly 50 percent increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes is being urged by the commission until the government devises another way for motorists to pay for using public roads.
The commission will also recommend that states raise their own gasoline taxes and increase the use of toll roads.
But since the future seems to be filled with ever-increasing fuel efficiency, the long term plan apparently involves equipping all vehicles with GPS devices so that the government can charge you for how man miles you drive.
UPDATE: While posting at GunPundit, I realized that the GPS thing might be the diversion to keep us from looking at the tax increase.