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Is 'Pay per Mile' the way to go?

GasBuddy Blog -- If there’s one issue where states large and small from the Pacific to the Atlantic stand in solid agreement, it’s that our Interstate system, highways, bridges and secondary roads have been neglected for too long.

As you would expect, the discussion gets dicey when politicos start debating how to pay for it.

Rest assured, we taxpayers will pay the price if we want safe and uncongested roads, bridges and highways. It now boils down to the terms of payment; how much can be squeezed from us and how often. For many years it’s been the federal gas tax (18.4 cents per gallon) that primarily pays for interstate repairs but that’s been a rapidly diminishing revenue source and that’s why the government’s attention has...


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LuckyLou1
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 10:55:43 PM

Well I'm not willing to pay them another red cent
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Arktander
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 12:23:14 AM

No way.
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Lasing
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 7:12:16 AM

Cloclo103 wrote: "Paying the usage through the gas price makes much more sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Electric cars don't use gas, but they do use the same roads and bridges.

Pay by the mile makes more sense, and it's fine by me as long as it's non intrusive. They don't need to know where or when I drive, with an expensive GPS system. They can look at the odometer when I renew my tags once a year.
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nb52
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 6:25:42 AM

Ditto BJWI!
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BJWI
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:53:37 AM

We could always propose a "pay per productivity" for members of Congress and Senate. If they do not get things accomplished and work together to fix the problems, they don't get paid -- This way everyone gets screwed, politicians and taxpayers alike.
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07skydriver
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 7:18:22 PM

Just stay home.
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dodsworth
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 3:06:58 PM

So, discover a new way to tax that is directly related to road usage and how hard the vehicle is on the roads (weight, studs). We drive an EV and it's fair that we pay our share. This new way to tax for roads should NOT be a general sales tax.
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marsbars
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 3:03:18 PM

Pay per mile is not the way to go. Maybe our Congress and Senate should take a pay and benefits cut!!!!
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GPCPilot
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:58:33 PM

18.4 cents per gallon tax we now pay is already a per mile tax. The more gas you consume, the more you're paying for.
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Alfied
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:51:35 PM

Go for it.
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BumpinButch
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:51:07 PM

Somehow every time the Government get a hold of a way to TAX THE SNOT out of US, some BIG WIGS find a bunch of MOOLA in their OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNTS, so they can Party Like A Rock Star in Foreign Countries and then say they did not do ANYTHING WRONG.
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GManCo
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:49:41 PM

Old news and old theory, the taxes won't go for roads.
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ftsgt
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:47:32 PM

I dont have a lot of confidence that these new fees or ways of taxing will actually go to the roads.
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Lizzylou
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:45:35 PM

Already being done here in California!
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caddilac
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:43:58 PM


It's weird that some people want decent roads but don't want to pay for them.

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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:41:09 PM

Yes, bring it on. I only rack up about 5000 miles a year.
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katmandue
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:41:08 PM

I think a 50/50 spilt is better
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Bigoilscamsus20
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:38:41 PM

Price hike alert ALERT ALERT--- The price has just jumped to $3.75.9 in the Midwest!!! Stop the madness and put price and profit controls on all petroleum products in America!
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fleabite
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:38:05 PM

Amen. scotfuel
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scotfuel
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:36:04 PM

The unrelenting and voracious appetite of the Federal Government knows no boundry when it comes to dreaming up more tax revenue schemes. Can't you just hear the big Hoover sucking sound everytime a politician opens their mouth?
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OOXXFF
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:35:32 PM

No.
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evey315
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:35:01 PM

I thought O'b took care of all the roads already.
And Ft Collins, the Big Bad Oil Companies Do Not collect the taxes imposed by the government
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cwashi3324
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:34:57 PM

No way, Jose'!
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DeeLA
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:34:28 PM

Old news.
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rjoeh
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:34:12 PM

In the words of Obama... he wants everyone to pay their fare share. If all taxes were removed from gasoline... then a pay per mile (or toll) would be a reasonable way to go. Gasoline and electric vehicles would all pay to drive on the highways. The key will be to fix the rate across the nation so that all pay equally!!! But bottom line... I do not see it coming to pass as too many legislators in Washington love their cushy position to much to alienate their voters on such a topic.
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ace12012
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:32:59 PM

read it before.
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rocknvox
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:31:44 PM

face it, the over charging of road repair and road construction has to be fixed. you know as well as i know that road repairs calls for a lot of guys to just stand around. you see it everyday. better contol of these over charging companies will solve the money problem.
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BossPal
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:31:23 PM

We get double and trippled taxed here in Illinois..... time to move

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/25/illinois-toll-hike-approv_n_936608.html
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garman87
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:29:01 PM

I agree with hpmossii 100 percent.
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eccerr0r
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:27:50 PM

I don't mind paying the taxes I should pay on roads but double tax me... NO.

Well, specifically if big oil collects the taxes and pockets it as profit when they really didn't need to... Corporate Profits do not help repair roads.


[Edited by: eccerr0r at 1/31/2013 2:29:03 PM EST]
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fullauto
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:26:13 PM

for the driveless
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Gramps001
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:23:59 PM

DITTO
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SavALot
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:21:56 PM

no, not in any stretch of the imagination
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fire025
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:19:33 PM

No way... It will kill the rest of us that already don't have enough money to fill the tank up
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Cuzilla
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:18:35 PM

In a word? NO!
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hpmossii
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:16:37 PM

The current gasoline tax gives drivers an incentive for more fuel-efficient vehicles. That would go away with a per-mile tax. And implementing a system that requires building a massive accounting system seems like a wasteful big-government move.

That said, we need system that spreads the cost of road-maintenance amongst alternative fuel users and traditional gasoline users. Or, if we do not tax alternative fuel users, that becomes a further incentive for people to switch to alternate fuels.
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lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:16:07 PM

If you stand too long they'll tax your feet.
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dieselfiendSC
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:11:04 PM

That works for me.
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GasSpy007
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:11:04 PM

answered this twice already.. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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monarch57
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:08:40 PM

No absolutely not.
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lonewolf_947
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:08:17 PM

No way
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firechief
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:07:33 PM

no because it will hurt many
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UpSol7
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:07:01 PM

Better fuel economy, more hybrids, electrics, and alternative fuel vehicles... all cut in to the gas tax revenue.
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DarthDadJr
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:06:39 PM

Wow...lots of "empty" comments...I hope everyone enjoys driving on crowded roads full of potholes.
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Asbury09
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:06:37 PM

yesterday's post
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idigau22
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:06:37 PM

Tax and Spend! Tax and Spend! Tax and Spend!! Nuff Said!!!!
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momof5MN
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:06:08 PM

Use current gas taxes for roads and bridges, not "transit" which is the code word for light rail. So much money has gone into trains to nowhere.
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Holly123
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:06:01 PM

No way Jose!
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bmsgolf
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:05:22 PM

No freakin way.
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ILANGE9
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:01:46 PM

I agree with LQQKGAS. Use current funds for what they were collected for and enforce the laws already in existence before you create new ones that won't be enforced either. Our current law makers think new legislation is the answer to every question and every problem. They are to chicken "bleep" to do the right thing.
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