A taxing proposition?


The National Commission on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing, a special panel created by Congress to look into transportation issues, is recommending an increase on fuel of up to 50% to make up for reduced consumer driving habits. It says that at current levels, consumers aren’t paying enough into the system to maintain roads and bridges. Regular gasoline currently carries a federal tax of $0.184 per gallon, and the Commission thinks Congress should put another dime on top of that. The numbers are even higher for diesel fuel.

RBR/TVBR observation: We think this is a problem that will solve itself. Vastly increased infrastructure spending is widely believed to be a major component of the economic recovery plans being considered. We also look forward to construction trapping commuters in their cars for a few extra minutes each day. We recommend that radio stations that wish to partake of the bounty of trapped consumers keep their traffic reporting services in fine working order.