MoveMN, the local transportation infrastructure lobby, released their proposal today. There is much to discuss, but let’s start with their proposal to: Apply state’s sales tax to the price of fuel ($422 million) Move MN proposed adding the state’s 6.5 percent sales tax to the price of fuel. A sales tax on fuel is based […]
David Riemer in the The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal opines “Just say ‘no’ to a gas tax increase” It takes only a few minutes of driving on Wisconsin streets in winter (or even in summer) to reach the same conclusion about local roads and bridges that national experts Matthew Kahn (University of California, Los Angeles) and […]
ThinkProgress has an article about road pricing: Cars Are Getting Greener. Here’s A High Tech Alternative To The Gas Tax.. They quote me about Minnesota’s Gas Tax and I-35W: “Like the rest of the country, Minnesota’s gas tax barely made a dent in the costs to repair the state’s abysmal infrastructure. Attempts to raise the […]
Ed Kohler @The Deets doesn’t seem to like tolls, he asks: What Should be Done if Gas Taxes Aren’t Raising Enough Revenue? : (He is responding to my interview on Jim Pethokoukis’s podcast.) “One thing that confuses me about transportation funding is the idea that raising gas taxes is politically impossible, but creating new forms of […]
The Week: Life Beyond the Gas Tax
Asha Weinstein Agrawal: What Do Americans Think About Federal Tax Options to Support Public Transit, Highways, and Local Streets and Roads? Results from Year 3 of a National Survey : “The survey results show that a majority of Americans would support higher taxes for transportation—under certain conditions. For example, a gas tax increase of 10¢ […]
A new report is out from Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Building a Better Gas Tax: How to Fix One of State Government’s Least Sustainable Revenue Sources. I like the report and generally agree that increasing the gas tax, and building a better one, is appropriate as a short-term fix (until vehicle electrification and […]
I noted yesterday in Linklist that “A bill was recently introduced by Senate Republicans that would allow states to opt out of the federal highway program.” So what happens. Let’s assume half the states are donor states and half are donee states. Day 1: All (25) the donor states opt out. There are now 25 […]
A confusing article on the Value Capture Study in the Pioneer Press. By “usability” I think the article means “utility”. For the actual study, see the Full Study.
From Wired: Feb. 25, 1919: Oregon Taxes Gas by the Gallon
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