excerpted from the NMA E-Newsletter #521
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on Thursday released a report saying motorists ought to pay up to $70 billion in higher taxes and tolls every year. The 650 page document laid out the conventional argument of transportation officials who insist that drivers simply are not paying enough at the pump, DMV registration counters and toll booths…
The study explained the same reconstruction costs could paid with an increase in the current federal gas tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to 30 cents per gallon over ten years..
Option two in the study is tolling every mile of the interstate highway system.
“Congestion must remain on the general-purpose lanes to continue to entice drivers to pay for the premium service,” the report explained… (more)
California is not the only state where jurisdiction issues are being questioned. Florida has the same problem of an overbearing state legislature, and possibly some regional governance issues as well. Indeed the entire nation appears to be on the hook, as some politicians in Washington seek new, draconian taxes, fines and fees are on interstate highways. When do the yellow vests come out in the US? What will be the breaking point of the American voters and taxpayers?