Do you think the government has the right to charge you for the miles you drive

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  1. The Old Guard profile image71
    The Old Guardposted 3 years ago

    Do you think the government has the right to charge you for the miles you drive on roads?

    To raise money for repairing roads, many states are thinking of charging the driver for each mile they drive on roads.
    1) Do you think this is fair?
    2) Do you think the government will actually use the proceeds to repair roads?

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  2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years ago

    Yes, because something has to pay for maintenance and upkeep.  It is usually only toll roads that charge you here in the US.  Our taxes pay for the rest.

    1. The Old Guard profile image71
      The Old Guardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      How about the taxes that we pay when we purchase fuel?

      Gasoline taxes - avg. tax for 50 states - 48.85 cents per gallon

      Diesel taxes - avg. tax for 50 states - 54.10 cents per gallon

      Weren't these taxes supposed to go to maintaining roads?

    2. profile image60
      retief2000posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      How long before there is a user tax, a fuel tax, a sales tax, a wheel tax, a passenger tax, etc...? Government does not enact a tax to just let go of it. We are still paying a tax on telephones first levied to pay for the SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR!!!!!!!!

    3. The Old Guard profile image71
      The Old Guardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      retief2000 - agreed - the government very rarely, if ever, rescinds a tax.
      Your comment is greatly appreciated. smile
      Cheers

  3. lisavollrath profile image95
    lisavollrathposted 3 years ago

    I live in Texas, and several of the newly opened, or recently upgraded roads in my area are now toll roads. There are other ways to get there, but if you want the most convenient, least bumpy road, you pay for it.

    I think it's fair to charge people for services according to what they use. If you want to drive on a good road, why wouldn't you want to pay for its upkeep?

    1. The Old Guard profile image71
      The Old Guardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      So, it doesn't bother you that the .50 per gallon you pay in taxes at the pump were supposed to go to "maintaining" roads, but were siphoned off to pay for other things?
      Actually, that bothers me. Similar to the Feds taking all the SS monies.

  4. Penny G profile image70
    Penny Gposted 3 years ago

    They are very expensive to put in and maintain. There has to be some way to keep up the roads.

    1. The Old Guard profile image71
      The Old Guardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Well, the government's tax is .47 per gallon, not including state and county taxes.
      Are we seeing another example of inept government spending?
      They make billions on the tax they collect per gallon.
      Where does that money go?

  5. Evane profile image64
    Evaneposted 3 years ago

    Of course not! This idea is so ridiculous! Whoever proposes that as an ordinance or what, he or she should try living on the road for a year and walk his or hey going home.

    1. The Old Guard profile image71
      The Old Guardposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I agree that the idea is ridiculous, but that's never stopped the government from doing what it wants to do.
      Last I heard, most government officials ignore what's best for the American people.
      I appreciate your answer.
      Cheers

 
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