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U.S. Roads Are In Terrible Shape: How Would You Fix Them? Page 2

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Peg the tax to inflation or some other rate? Modifying the gas tax so that it's pegged to another cost might not be seen as "adding" a new tax but "restructuring" an existing one, which could go over better with voters. The question is: how would it work best? Some suggest making the tax move up (and down) in direct correlation to inflation or the Consumer Price Index, though there are a lot of possibilities -- and few provide stable, consistent revenue.

It's a given that U.S. roads have to be maintained, and it's also a given that our government is responsible for maintaining them. How would you suggest we solve this growing problem? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Any attempt at rebuilding the roads must include implementation of smart road technologies. We waste millions of barrels of oil idling at empty intersections or coming to a stop just as the signal changes.
     
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  2. Our infrastructure is vital to maintaining our economy & way of life. Without decent highways, roads, and bridges trucks can't move product & Americans can't drive to & from work. It is obvious that we need to better fund repairing & maintaining our roads. We need to raise the fuel tax & I would gladly pay a $10 vehicle fee a year for the privilege of driving on decent roads and over safe bridges. Unfortunately in our current hyperpartisan political climate our politicians will continue to let our infrastructure crumble to give the wealthy more tax breaks. This will haunt us unless we show some political courage and pay the piper.
     
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  3. First, change the tax structure so that electric or hybrid cars, (including the new diesel fuel ones) are charged per mile and a yearly road tax. Tie it to inflation.
    Also, charge semi trucks more and so much a foot on the type of trailer and its length. They tear up the roads.
    Electric and hybrid autos should not get any Tax deductions, etc. period.
    Those drivers (non gas users are just getting gas tax welfare!
     
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  4. 1) The big made-in-china box stores should pay more for all the trucks. They create the most wear and tear, and it's probably not proportional to the taxes. It should not come out of the drivers pocket.
    2) Rethink our roadways for the smaller and lighter vehicles that we should be driving and that trends are supporting. The existing system is unsustainable and unnecessary.
    3) Promote telecommuting, bus rapid transit and light rail.
     
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  5. Nothing is ever easy, but funds can be raised via usage, e.g., tolls. There's no need to construct toll booths with today's technology, just do it with photo cameras. And then double the tolls for trucks over a certain length, i.e., 18 wheelers (I hear the screaming now), since they effect much more wear and tear on the roadways. And that's a fact. If the friggin congress can get off of its collective butt and get this done, it will go a long way toward solving our unemployment problems too. OK, it's gov't funding but wages paid to the highway workers "trickles" into the economy a hell of a lot quicker that a tax break to some mega business and its CEO.
     
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  6. The US has outsourced much of it's manufacturing offshore and in doing so has sent much of it's wealth offshore also. The state of the roads is reflective of the state of the economy. The roads in China are becoming very nice, lot's of good freeways going in. So I guess it's nice for Americans to know their money is at least being put to good use somewhere.
     
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  7. Increasing fuel tax until the maintenance budget is balanced is the only reasonable option. It automatically charges the heaviest and most damaging vehicles the most. Hybrids and electrics get off easy as they should. No per mile tax since it is in our nations best interest to get off of oil from unfriendly nations. Once we are, the trillions saved in wars for oil will easily cover our infrastructure and the need for the tax will fade away.
     
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