This morning on National Public Radio news, there was a report on the state of highway tax revenues. Driver miles were down last year over 3 percent, leaving a significant hole in the highway tax pot (money we pay through gas taxes).
There have been discussions of tax increases, but the Bush administration is advocating for a complete reform of the system for financing our transportation infrastructure. They are proposing a ‘driver-based’ system whereby drivers would pay based upon the type of use they make of cars, public transportation, etc….think ‘toll roads’
Yes, they’re discussing more monitoring by the federal government to make the system work. But the upside is that it would be a much more responsible system of funding infrastructure while providing incentives for more environmentally friendly transportation use.
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