road tax

How should we fix America’s crumbling roads? Our poll results
How should we fix America’s crumbling roads? Our poll results

U.S. roads are in terrible shape. In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers rated them a "D". Our bridges weren't too much better, earning a C+. The ASCE's next report card is due in 2017, and given the insufficient sums allocated to roadway maintenance, improvement, and expansion, it's...Read More»

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Bad Roads Cost U.S. Drivers More Than $500 A Year

America is great at many things, but one area where we could stand some improvement is our transportation infrastructure. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, our nation's crumbling highways and byways cost drivers more than $500 per year -- and the situation's likely to get worse...Read More»

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Oregon's OReGO Program Gives Drivers An Option: Pay Gas Tax Or Pay By The Mile

Our roads are in terrible shape, and we are largely to blame. Things wouldn't be so bad if our elected officials had occasionally increased the federal gas tax, which funds road repair and construction at the national, state, and local levels. Unfortunately, that tax hasn't been raised in 22 years...Read More»

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Sales Tax, Gas Tax, Mileage Tax: How To Pay For America's Roads?

In Virginia, controversy is a-brewin' over Governor Bob McDonnell's plan to eliminate the state's gasoline tax. The funds generated from that tax have traditionally been earmarked for maintenance and construction of Virginia's roads. To replace gas tax revenue, McDonnell plans to do three things...Read More»

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

Here's what we know about the state of America's highways and byways: 1. Many roads in the U.S. are in desperate need of repairs or upgrades. In 2009 the American Society of Civil Engineers gave our roadway system a D-minus. According to Pew Research, over a third of U.S. roads are in "substandard"...Read More»

T. Boone Pickens with President Barack Obama
Obama: Pay As You Drive, Instead of Gas Tax?

Would we be better off doing away with the federal gas tax, replacing it entirely, or in part, by a pay-per-mile system? The federal government appears to be in the early stages of finding out. An early draft of the transportation authorization bill from the Obama administration, circulated this...Read More»

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Seattle Looking For New Way To Tax Solo Car Commuters

As long as we're still driving fossil-fuel vehicles, the way we pay for our roads is pretty straightforward: We fill up at the pump, and for the most part, a big chunk of the gasoline tax we pay goes toward building and maintaining roads. What isn't nearly as transparent is how we fund rail...Read More»

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