Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Fix Is So Easy And So Relatively Inexpensive

Above, I posted about the deteriorated state of our infrastructure, including particularly our roads.

The fix would be so easy and relatively painless.

  1. Our nation, or each state, should resolve that all roads will be rejuvenated.
  2. How to pay for this?  Those who use the roads.
  3. The cost of fixing the roads should be estimated and a fund created for the repairs.  The fund should not be usable for any purpose other than fixing roads.
  4. Once the estimated cost is calculated, a tax per gallon of gas should be added at the pumps and the tax should go directly to and only to the repair fund.  I don't know the number, but I'm thinking anywhere from $0.25 to $1 per gallon or per fill up should be added.  
  5. Would people object to any increase?  Yes, but the cost would not be back-breaking and it would yield the funds that are necessary.
Use the roads; pay for the roads in moderate increments to the cost of gas.  This would not break anyone, and those who use the roads the most and use the most gas would pay the most for repairs.  If someone doesn't want to pay, then don't drive.

I've not thought through the system completely, but I don't see any holes.  And, one infrastructure problem could be addressed.  Similar fixes could be proposed with respect to other infrastructure deficiencies.

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