Last night I posted on a proposal to increase the federal gasoline tax by about 50%, and it seems to be a popular topic of discussion.
I’d like to add that roads are government spending that I actually support, though I’m sure there is more than enough waste and bad decision-making involved to infuriate anyone. Still, the benefit of the spending should be apparent to nearly anyone, and it should also be clear to most folks in most places that most roads are not in the greatest shape.
Finally, AW1 Tim wrote this in the comments:
You all are missing the boat. There should be no need to raise taxes at all. Simply shift the available funds from one area that is doing fine to the areas that are not, and cut whatever needs cutting to complete the zero-sum balance.
“Cut?” Did someone say “cut”? Can they even do that?
Tim, my friend, I’ve been waiting for someone to suggest that needed road money could come from something that’s not needed quite so much.
When gas goes up, do I just get a raise at work to cover the increase? Or do I have to juggle my spending a bit to make sure I get the gas I need?
This commission is proposing that since roads aren’t getting the money they need, the federal government needs more income to spend more on roads.