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... Gas taxes are not perfect. But they assign the costs of road maintenance more or less to those who use the roads. You drive more, you pay more. Wyoming, Vermont, California and other states have raised the gas tax in the past year. The main problem with the gas tax is that as people drive more fuel efficient vehicles they use less gas...
Indiana considered imposing a licence plate tax to fund roads. Since having a car licensed has no bearing on the amount the car is driven, taxing plates is asinine. Using the sales tax -- as other states have done or proposed recently -- decreases the costs of using the roads. It encourages the use of roads without any obligation to pay for such use. Using gaming taxes is, well, evil. Gaming taxes place the costs of paying for government on the poor and addicted. That is wrong...
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