I love this headline from Washington state’s The Olympian: “Innovation needed to solve gas tax problem“. Innovation my aunt Minnie! What they want is more taxes. It’s just another benefit from going green by buying fuel-efficient cars. The article puts it well:
As state lawmakers begin gathering in Olympia for Monday’s start to the 2013 legislative session, the never-ending quest for new revenue that isn’t-a-tax-increase will continue.
As more and more people are turning to all-electric and highly fuel-efficient vehicles, there is a corresponding decline in gas tax revenue. And this creates a conundrum for the state Department of Transportation: how to pay for upgrading and maintaining our roadways.
We want to encourage fuel efficiency to improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases and save our planet, not to mention the dream of reducing reliance on fossil fuels and ending our dependency on foreign oil. But we also need to maintain and improve our roadways.