Friday, March 11, 2005

Brother, can you spare a dime?

Or maybe a quarter? The L.A. Times is reporting that Congress has been working on a bill to allow tolls on Interstates. I don't think this is such a bad idea. On the other hand, I drive less than 8,000 miles a year and rarely on highways. According to the San Mateo County Times, "These charges could be levied to raise money for new highway construction. Or motorists could be charged varying tolls during the day, with higher tolls in effect during rush hours to nudge drivers into making some of their trips during less busy times."

As you might imagine, truckers and the AAA are not happy about this, as they claim that drivers are already taxed through gasoline taxes. This raises a good point, why not just raise the gasoline tax? It would not only raise revenue (as this new tax would), but also encourage conservation.

Oh, and by the way, isn't this a new tax? Hmm....

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