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Two examples of the absurdness of this "plan"

Example A: To drive from DC to New York costs ~$40 in tolls, and ~$4 in gas tax. Currently, people who live north of Virginia, and turn 95 into a parking lot every Friday when the temperature is 65*+, pay about ~$2 in gas tax to VA (200 miles on 95/64, 10 gallons of gas, 17.5c) Under this plan, those people would now be paying $0. States north of Virginia get $40 when VA drivers go north, and VA gets $0 when those drivers come south.

Example B: The minimum wage bus-riding wal-mart employee, who makes $15,000 a year, would now be contributing more in direct funds to the transportation fund (her bus fare covers some portion of the diesel that the bus uses) whereas the commuter driving their H2 from Manassas to Tysons would be paying $0.

This is roundly one of the worst ideas I have ever heard. You know it is bad when conservatives and liberals alike think it is terrible. This is what you get when you are puppets to Grover Norquist. Crackpot ideas like this, and no political will to do what is necessary, and simply double the gas tax, and index it to inflation.

by Kyle-w on Jan 9, 2013 11:20 am • linkreport

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