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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Paying for road construction

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Rep. Mark Martin has compiled a running report on the committee discussing ways to produce more money for highway construction. Interesting report. Ideas: Divert existing sales tax money to road building. Impose a new sales tax for road building. Tax fuel on value, not gallonage.

Best I can tell, no mention is made of attempting to try to make the trucking industry pay for the enormous damage it does to our bridge interstates, a need we never can keep up with. No, of course there was no outside-the-box thinking. Such as: Is the state responsible for too many miles of roads? Is our road-building strategy -- ever more, wider roads to move more people faster between city and suburb -- a wise strategy?

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