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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Lake Dallas, TX
Another thing that bothers me about this is that it really does show cowardice and a lack of leadership on the part of the politicians that support this. If you want to raise more revenue for bridge, road, and infrastructure construction then just raise the existing taxes on gasoline and diesel.
Those taxes are the most fair taxes that we have in place. EVERYONE pays the same. If you have a more fuel efficient car that typically puts less wear on the roads, then you pay less. If you have a big ass V12 Mercedes that puts out more wear, then you pay more.
Here in Texas they have been pushing "Toll Roads or NO Roads" That is such a crock of shit. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that a 5 to 10 cent raise in the gasoline tax would easily cover all of Texas' road building needs. Politicians are simply cowards to even propose such a thing.
Just to be clear. I'm not suggesting more gasoline taxes so we can build more public transportation, or luxury lanes, or some other "eco friendly" alternative. I'm talking about raising taxes so we can invest in our roads and bridges. That kind of investment pays us back. It pays us back with more commerce. It pays back in less traffic congestion (which in turn lowers pollution). It also helps to fuel this population growth engine that we've been enjoying in Texas, which in turn increases the tax base. Its a fuckin' win win IMO...
Oh, and a 10 cent gas tax is a helluva lot cheaper than driving on a fuckin' toll road..