Skip to comments.Taking a Toll: Administration wants to let states charge on interstate highways
Posted on 04/30/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT by DBCJR
Ever driven down I-95 in Maryland, or the New Jersey Turnpike, and parted ways with $10, $20 in tolls?
If the Obama administration has its way, highways across the country could someday be that way.
In a major shift for how governments fund transportation projects, the administration wants to let states charge tolls on interstate highways. A federal ban currently bars states from doing so in most places, but the latest White House push could change that.
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Oh good so then they are going to do away with the state and federal tax on gasoline, right?
Well, a crappy economy, high gas prices and more fuel efficient cars all means less fuel being used which means less gas tax collected. Can anyone say, unexpected consequences.
A great place for TSA checkpoints. I think we are going to become a lot more like third world countries where police are brigands with a badge and a gun.
Federal funds built the interstate highway. Why should we now pay for them again?
If I thought the funds as received were being managed faithfully and to the benefit of all I would have no compunctions.
If frogs had wings . . .
Absolutely not. The Interstate highway system is already up-front bought and paid for with federal tax dollars. Tolling them again after the fact is just wrong. How they get away with it on I 90 through Chicago and Massachusetts, I dunno.
On the contrary, they are going to tax you for even *thinking* about gasoline.
Congress is noticeably absent once again in the making of US laws.
This will seal people into their cities.
One thing that the poor and all Americans had at one time, was the ability to travel, freely.
A 100 dollar beater car, some gas money, and you could go anywhere, drive just for the fun of it.
Let’s hope they don’t get away with put their hands into our pockets again, especially with all the FEDERAL waste, labor rules on contracts that do transportation roadwork, and THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A FEDERAL GAS TAX FOR THAT, in an era with already very high gas prices!~
No problem. Just kill the Fed and State fuel taxes...
Reinstituting the feudal system. Stay put and produce for us.
It’s a crooked deal. In Texas, there was a plan (until the bruhaha about it) to sell our toll roads to a company in Spain and to agree to a “non-compete” clause prohibiting the establishment of alternate roadways.
In Austin, they are trying to turn all new highway construction into tollroads.
In Houston, the stated agreement was that after 20+ years, the Beltway would be paid off and made free. A GOPe official said he never agreed to that (the policy predated his tenure) so he said that he would not abide by it (I think they continue to borrow against the revenue, keeping it from being paid off).
Don’t let the barn door on this get opened. We WILL find ourselves paying to ride on roads we paid for and the money going to private companies (just as the corrupt officials pay out half of the ticket money from red light cameras to private companies).
Can't speak for Chicago but here in the Gay State the "Massachusetts Turnpike Authority" is the resting place for thousands of fat a$$ed brothers-in-law of Rat politicians and "the most vulnerable among us" (IOW,affirmative action).But we must pray for these unfortunates...a Boston columnist did some research a few years ago and found that the unionized toll takers make close to $80K a year and the management makes far,far more.
And the excise tax on tires too, I bet!
I just love the toll roads from Chicago to the Wisconsin border. The way they tax us, we are all fools to work for them.
Because they have to be rebuilt, due to wear and tear and lack of capacity for increased traffic.
Oh my, can one not just see the back ups?
Actually, the tolls would probably be electronic, with people whizzing under the gantries at highway speed. No TSA.
Now, I suspect the TSA could start showing up at rest areas, molesting hapless drivers who just wanted to pee.
Though liberals always point to the interstate highway system as a great achievement of government, they hate the freedom that those roads and the cars that drove on them symbolized.
Not likely, since highway-speed electronic tolling would probably be the choice of any toll project.
Which of course is what the gas taxes we pay are for.
They are toll lanes designed to collect revenue for road maintenance because cars are getting better mileage, thus less excise tax.
The most efficient tax collection is to increase the excise tax but Congress is afraid to do that.
Not likely. This is more akin to the tax revenue generated from cigarettes. Fewer smokers, less revenue. More fuel efficient cars, or worse, electric, less revenue.
Barack the Kenyan and his ‘RATS have to pay for ObamaCare somehow.
Been on any of the toll roads around Orlando. My guess about a third of the cars do not have toll e cards. These are not heavily traveled roads so the back ups are minimal. Put those same tolls on 95 wherein the toll system is state run and a good deal of the travelers are from out of state and my guess would be there will be back ups from Miami to Virginia during the late evening hours, during the day, everyone will be on US 1 to avoid the parking lots.
Ha, I can see it now. Drivers in state will get a rebate but only those with out of state plate will have to pay - unless they are leaving
If you like your free interstate highways, you can keep your free interstate highways.
License plate scanning will make this possible.
If you don't pay up, no license renewal for you.
If property taxes were eliminated, I might sign up....
i might sign up.
I forget the double and triple taxation folks don’t count any of the taxes or fees that we pay that add up from anywhere from 20 - almost 50 of our income % in local taxes, oil & gasoline taxes, income tax, property tax, luxury taxes, phone taxes, oil dumping fees, vehicle registration fees, vehicle inspection fees, etc...
If you can afford your car, you can keep your car.
And even if the bike paths, mass transit, streetscapes and all the other rot were taken out of the gas-tax supported HIGHWAY fund, 18.4 cents/gallon would still not be enough to support what needs to be done, thanks to inflation and increased fuel mileage (thanks, CAFE). So you can either raise the gas tax, or simply eliminate it and the highway fund and return all responsibility for transportation to the states.
Of course, you might want a remnant gas tax of a few cents a gallon to pay off all the GARVEE bonds states have issued to build transportation projects.
...but a local towns speed trap, ticketing over 75 mph was struck down? Hardeyville, SC.
Taking a Toll: Administration wants to let states charge on interstate highways
No, No, No and NO!
We already pay federal gas taxes to do that and we also pay state taxes to maintain the highways. So now we must pay tolls on roads that we built using our taxes. This is just another tax. We are being taxed to death.
Highway trust fund will be broke in August
but look at all those choo choo trains and bike paths!
This system is based on two fundamental principles: Federalism and the principle of benefits. Both come to us from the founders. President Eisenhower started this program because he learned as an officer that the US road system fell far short of the needs for logistical purposes in fighting a war, so he proposed that, since national defense was a federal not state function, a national trust would be created which would be entrusted to use gas taxes only for the purpose of an interstate highway system. It was to be based on gas taxes and tolls to conform with the principle of benefits as presented by Adam Smith in the Wealth of Nations published in 1776.
It no longer functions that way. It has become a congressional slush fund, in which almost half the money is ladled out through the corrupt system of congressional earmarks. The next time you drive on a highway which is named after a politician, think corruption.
Time to shut it down. The proceeds of the tax should be automatically remitted to state governments, or better yet, regional planning agencies. And regulatory barriers to privatization strategies should be repealed. Were broke. We can no longer afford to be stupid.
I actually read that one. Not a bad option. It leaves the Congressional subhumans out of the debate entirely. :-)
Transportation Empowerment Act
Introduced by U.S. Rep. Tom Graves & U.S. Sen. Mike Lee
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