- The government's National Commission on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing says we need to jack up the gas tax 50% to keep up with road maintenance. (A similar commission reached the same conclusion in 2008.)
- Think that's just pinko bureaucrats talking? Adrian Moore of the libertarian (pay attention, Matt!) Reason Foundation explains the situation with a beautiful absence of ideology: "We can either let the roads go to hell or we can pay more." Doesn't get much simpler than that!
- Worried that the gas tax is a flawed system, Oregon is considering a mileage tax. Not a bad concept: charge people based on how much they actually drive on the roads the tax pays for. Only problem is, the plan calls for installing GPS units in every car to monitoring when and where you drive. Uh oh.
- The state of Georgia is lowering its gas tax, due to state statute that indexes the tax to the pump price. Oops: Georgia's DoT ran a $456 million deficit in FY2008. You want growth, you gotta have roads. You want roads, you gotta pay for 'em.
As I predicted, Mayor Huether cries wolf again and uses the media to take the temperature of voters - Time to collect some beer cans. And he keeps getting the media to fall for it. Though I will give props to Stu for getting in some digs about his indecisio...
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