Pop, we don't need new or increased road taxes. We need a gummint that will cease pissing away the Highway Trust Fund, spending it on non highway sh1t. They're telling us that hybrids, electrics and gas sipping cars have lessened the demand for fuel and consequently reduced gas tax revenues. That's outright gummint BS. Fuel sales have increased every year. They are peeing on our heads and telling us its raining.
What's the private sector solution? Toll roads? Maybe we could turn it over to JP Morgan who would implement ubiquitous monitoring of public roads with monthly toll bills to everyone? Maybe they could "bundle" those with our ATM fees for $2.99 a month.
Problem is that people who would use gov't for the benefit of its citizens are out of fashion. They've been replaced by people who sell the joy of self-righteousness in rugged individualism. Ironically, it's mostly sold to old white guys, many of whom have spent some or even most of their lives in various organizations from bike clubs to military outfits, where personal sacrifice for the common good of the organization is the ultimate contribution a member can make. The very antithesis of the conservative idea that "*I* built that!"
Besides, where is the drama in fixing a road? Much more fun to paint Obama to look like some sinister movie character and articulate "Benghazi" in various snarky ways. Much better for media ratings...
Ricz, can you link info that supports your contentions? I looked for info on the funding and all I could find were graphs that show the the current and future shortfalls based on funding versus project costs. I didn't find anything in terms of yearly funding.
I did find this regarding fuel sales:
Which does show a slight increase over time. Problem is, that doesn't account for cost. If gas was selling at $4/gal in 2006 and now sells for $2.40/gal and we sold the same amount, tax revenues would decrease by 40%. Conversely, as populations increase, it would stand to reason that common resources like roads would be subject to wear out faster. Leading to graphslike this: