jjeff wrote:Of course in this scenario grandma will still end up paying for the roads as the cost of all goods and services that are transported via the roads will increase and that cost will be passed onto the end consumer(and thats fair) but all in all nondrivers (or low mileage drivers) D
Actually gas tax can be completely written off by business in most cases so it’s affect on prices is less than you might think.
Further if it can’t, it will drive specific types of business and transportation as being less favorable and cheap slow transport will become more favorable (like trains)
This will hurt places like Amazon and people who want fast tax payer subsidized semi shipments, but bulk deliveries will remain cost neutral.
This would force companies to move away from very wasteful shipping practices and charge people a realistic price if they want everything delivered to them, without planning a weekly shipping trip.
Local goods also become more price competitive, which is as it should be anyway.
As for my true opinion I have always believed the supply side of crude needs to pay a “windfall tax” whenever it’s price drops below a certain point and the tax should come and go with price, structured properly it would reduce market fluctuations and also drive some “hidden” tax from the very large tax except industrial side of crude.
Which is really what’s needed, even a very small supply side tax would provide vastly more energy revenue to roads than even a very large road tax hike and it might wake certain industries up into becoming more efficient to avoid the cost.
Industry makes most of the pollution and making them more efficient would effect pollution much more than any pollution controls on road going cars, this is simply due to sheer volume of supply side use and pollution