Push To Overhaul Fuel Tax?

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Summary

The Transportation for Illinois Coalition argues the current setup of the motor fuel tax falls woefully short of properly funding upkeep of roads and bridges. (Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune)

The Transportation for Illinois Coalition argues the current setup of the motor fuel tax falls woefully short of properly funding upkeep of roads and bridges. (Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune)

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Motor Fuel Tax

 

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TakeAways

It is safe to say that the automobile segment of the nation’s transportation landscape is a bit like the husband of a devout feminist. She hates men and has no interest in being married. But her personal wealth and that of her children is tied to his presence. The same is true of the special interest groups who are gnawing at the meager bones of the motoring public in hopes of one more finding a few meals from the flesh on them.

Look, if having cars banned from the roads and all of your streets narrowed down to just wide enough to accept buses and bicycles, fine. Leave motorists in peace! Find new ways to tap into your income tax to fund your trails and bicycle infrastructure. But under no circumstances should you declare that you are worried about the crumbling roads and having them repaired.

That approach seems hardly believable when it is clear that what you seek is to have highways ground up and removed in favor of bike superhighways. But the problem here is that rather than being realistic and honest you are trying to make the case that you can live better without cars. You cannot. That is clear. You need the money we bring to fuel all the projects that you want.

Now that driving mileage is down you are feeling the pinch and are suddenly wringing your hands in desperation to find new sources of income. Well, there are none. If you want highways that are funded well enough to be sustainable then get behind all those toll roads that you say you hate. But do not hike taxes on things you do not yourself use.

Instead you should be trying to convince everyone that riding your bike (which puts less wear and tear on the roadways) is the solution. Push for laws that allow you to use sidewalks until you can find ways to fund roadways of your own. Then use them.