Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Privatization, tolls on highways (Alternet Article)

Forget privatization. All vehicles should pay fuel & use taxes. Those who use & benefit by public thoroughfares (that includes us consumers & commuters) should pay for them directly -- through fuel taxes and/or tolls. That way, embedded/extra transport costs would increase end-product/delivery and personal transportation costs & more closely reflect and offset societal costs (GHGs, environmental & health impact, repair & maintenance, traffic deaths & injuries ... all invisible "externalities" that most of us forget). Single occupant vehicles on inter- and intra-state public roads, unless commercial, should be taxed extra (with an added benefit: big increase in "Real Girl" dummy sales & ... tax revenue!)

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