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Funding roads (taxes, user fees etc)
(02-01-2018, 02:45 PM)NotStan Wrote:
(02-01-2018, 02:22 PM)danbrotherston Wrote: This isn't the point though, at least not my point, we're considering how much the gas tax contributes, because it is the only money that could even be considered a user fee for roads.  

The same thing applies to cutting transit fares to zero.

By the way, it's worth noting that gas tax revenues are going to zero in the next ... maybe 30 years or so, given that electric cars are likely to be rapidly overtaking gas cars.  Unlike transit fares, which will probably remain, and drivers will continue to whine about how much they're subsidizing transit riders.

It's pretty much a lock that as the amount of tax raised from gas drops there will be a tax on electric vehicles to fill that gap.

I'm not sure what you mean by "a lock", but I see no guarantee.  Right now we're heavily subsidizing EVs, and the appetite for increasing taxes is zero.  Heck, the evidence from the past 20 years of stagnant gas tax rates, which between inflation and increasing fuel efficiency have decreased effective costs substantially, without replacement is pretty strong evidence that they won't be in a hurry to add a new tax.
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(02-01-2018, 02:38 PM)ijmorlan Wrote: I await with interest your ravings on the topic of why you think I am lying about this. Is somebody paying me? Am I an alien representative? Am I conducting an experiment on this particular message board for some reason? If you’re that sure, you must have at least a couple of potential hypotheses. Please don’t disappoint us. I don’t laugh enough most days.

Lol. No, I don't think its anything sinister like that. If it makes you feel better, I can rephrase "lie" as willful ignorance or you just being generally disingenuousness on this topic.
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Wired published an article this week about highway funding in the U.S.A. I generally trust their journalism (and also find them hilarious), and I found it interesting how they talked about not only how the funding for highways is not being covered by drivers, but also the many externalities of driving.
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(Yesterday, 07:29 PM)MidTowner Wrote: Wired published an article this week about highway funding in the U.S.A. I generally trust their journalism (and also find them hilarious), and I found it interesting how they talked about not only how the funding for highways is not being covered by drivers, but also the many externalities of driving.

That was actually a really good article.  Of course, the comment threads are really telling as well, the typical protesting that of course drivers pay for all the costs of their habit, and also, that toll roads would be somehow bad and un-american.
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