Beyond the gas tax

As we have mentioned before, the gas tax will eventually come to an end. The following graphic illustrates the issue. Imagine all gasoline vehicle users pay for all transportation costs. Imagine total expenses are $100,000,000 and the total number of users are 1,000,000, and all gasoline powered cars get 30 MPG. In that case, if […]

Gas tax no longer hot issue

From the Strib: Gas tax no longer hot issue “None of the websites of south-metro Republicans challenging the most vulnerable Democratic officeholders — those still in their first term in office — trumpets the gas tax as an issue. And candidates on both sides agree that it has faded.”

Road Builders advocate increase in gas tax

Road, transportation builder: America stays in the slow lane ‘“The presidential campaigns are not focused on this, but we need to change the conversation. The other countries are not waiting for us. They’re surpassing us,? Ruane said, noting China plans to build 53,000 miles of new highway in the first two decades of this century […]

Voters seem to reject gas tax holiday pander

As even Paul Krugman notes: Talleyrand and the gas tax holiday “I’m on record as saying that Hillary Clinton’s advocacy of a gas-tax holiday, while it wasn’t good policy, didn’t rise to the level of a crime. Judging from last night’s results, however, it was worse than a crime: it was a mistake.” If it […]

McCain Proposes Break in Gas Taxes

McCain Proposes Break in Gas Taxes “To help people weather the downturn immediately, McCain urged Congress to institute a “gas-tax holiday” by suspending the 18.4 cent federal gas tax and 24.4 cent diesel tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day. He also renewed his call for the United States to stop adding to the Strategic […]

Minnesota raises gas tax

From Strib: House overrides governor’s veto on transportation bill From PiPress House votes to override Pawlenty veto of transportation bill “A $6.6 billion transportation bill is on the verge of becoming law after the Minnesota House voted for the first time to override a veto from Governor Tim Pawlenty.” From PiPress the bill will: ” […]

Gas taxes are again in fashion

From The Becker-Posner Blog: Gasoline Prices–Posner’s Comment the higher gas tax is again in fashion. Respected economist again advocates higher gas taxes: Posner writes “But better than a government-planned and -funded project would be, in my opinion, heavy gasoline taxes. They would give private industry strong incentives to discover good substitutes and also means for […]

Should we raise the federal gasoline tax?

Jim Pethokoukis at AEIdeas citing in part, the Brooking report of Matt Kahn and myself: Fix It First, Expand It Second, Reward It Third: A New Strategy for America’s Highways, says No, we shouldn’t raise the federal gasoline tax. There are better ideas. Kevin Drum at Mother Jones, in response says: Road Funding Isn’t Broken. Why Fix It? [Honestly, […]

The US needs better roads and bridges–and less congestion–but not a higher federal gasoline tax |AEIdeas

James Pethokoukis discusses (and endorses) Fix-it-First, Expand-it-Second, Reward-it-Third Now the case for upgrading American transportation infrastructure isn’t about short-term Keynesian stimulus. It’s about long-term growth. “Places that have the greatest  accessibility, that enable more people to interact in less time, produce the greatest wealth,” write transportation experts Matthew Kahn and David Levinson in a 2011 report. More accessibility […]