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Gas Tax Hikes Or Pay-Per-Mile: How Should The U.S. Fund Roads? Page 2

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Some suggest cutting other areas of the federal budget and earmarking those savings for transportation, but some of the biggest programs in the nation's budget are Defense, Medicare, and Social Security -- all of which Congress is reluctant to touch. Cutting smaller programs may look good on paper, but it can't generate the $1.09 trillion needed to address the projected shortfall.

If you've got any great ideas on how to address America's infrastructure problem, share them in the comments below.

[h/t John Voelcker]

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  1. Why don't they use what they collected for what it was intended? Perhaps Car Connection should do news story where they spent collected money.
    142 billion gallons of gas X 18cents a gallon highway improvement tax.
    I wonder what they spent it on? Can anyone tell me? Our roads should be paved with gold.

    142 billion * 18 U.S. cents = $25.56 billion U.S. dollars
     
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  2. Actually, as we state in the article, gas tax revenues generate slightly more than that -- around $36 billion per year. But given the vast sums needed to build new roads, install improvements, and maintain thousands upon thousands of miles of interstate, that's simply not enough, even if all of it were going to highway programs. (Keep in mind that it costs over $1 million to create a mile of interstate.)

    Sadly, only about 60% of gas tax funds make it to federal roads. (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/transportation/july-dec07/infrastructure_08-15.html) The rest ends up as earmarks; some of those affect roadways, but many don't. Unfortunately, until Washington's entrenched system of earmarking comes to an end, that's not likely to change.
     
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  3. Thanks for the commentary. Perhaps some of our road restoration will require less than the $1M, however, bridge repair may well cause a bit more. Over the years the "gas tax" has been misused by both Federal and State and our highway infrastructure has suffered accordingly. Not sure how we can ever gain control over either our State or Federal representatives in any meaningful way. The U.S. House of Representatives, in particular, has demonstrated an unwillingness to do the "work of the people." Nonetheless, I have been very encouraged to observe the work on both highways and bridges throughout Georgia and North Carolina, and attribute that to the "stimulus money" provided to the States by the Obama Administration.
     
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  4. The US shoould fund its roads and All of our infrastructure with our hard-earned tax dollars that are being spent overseas. We don't need to kill citizens of other countries when we could be, instead helping American citizens with a multitude of improvements at home. How to fund Domestic Improvement Programs? Start de-funding some of our now needless military programs.
     
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