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One argument anti-gas-tax folks try to make is that even if you don't have a car, you benefit from roads because delivery trucks and other essential services use roads. So, the gas tax is somehow unfair because car-free or car-lite folks aren't paying their fair share to support roads.

However, this is a specious argument because all those delivery trucks pay gas tax (although probably not a sufficient tax to compensate for the extra wear-and-tear they put on the roads). Those taxes are then passed onto consumers in the form of higher prices.

Another issue with McDonnell's plan is that interstate drivers who drive through VA (and gas up in VA) but don't live in VA (so don't buy much else in VA) will get to use Virginia's roads for free.

by Falls Church on Jan 9, 2013 10:41 am • linkreport

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