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Old 10-18-2012, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by frewroad View Post
LOL did you read their report? It draws this conclusion not with any facts or figures, because they didn't produce any, but rather they say that gas taxes don't cover the "true" cost to society. i.e. environmental damages, social fabrics being ripped up by highways, etc. The authors also claim that gasoline gets an unfair subsidy because there is no sales tax charged on it.

In other words, it's nonsense.
I read the report, and the results seem clear to me.

· Highways don’t pay for themselves -- Since 1947, the amount of money spent on highways, roads and streets has exceeded the amount raised through gasoline taxes and other so-called “user fees” by $600 billion (2005 dollars), representing a massive transfer of general government funds to highways.

· Highways “pay for themselves” less today than ever. Currently, highway “user fees” pay only about half the cost of building and maintaining the nation’s network of highways, roads
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Native_Son View Post
I read the report, and the results seem clear to me.
I saw that and they didn't quantify either statement with facts and figures. In their conclusion, they also state gas taxes "rarely" pay 100% of the cost of highway construction which contracts it. Wait, It either does or it doesn't.

No due diligence = opinion and nonsense.

i.e. This is an advocacy report, not an engineering study of facts or a financial statement of costs vs benefits. People ought to learn the difference between the two.


I stand by what I said. I don't have an issue with highway building as gasoline taxes and user fees pay their construction. I was only addressing the earlier libel presented against me that I would be automatically against it. IMO, you guys should focus more on the topic and less on the motivations of the party making them.

I don't have an issue for spending money on rail transit WHEN the transit system in question is being justified with valid facts and figures and the organization that is charged with execution doesn't run does everything it can to protect the taxpayers.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:00 AM
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As a University City resident I will be utilizing the service and I'm sure residents of Harrisburg and Concord will take advantage as well
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