GBC reports suggests gas tax alternative
The Greater Baltimore Committee has long been a supporter of a higher gas tax to pay for critical maryland Transportation projects. However, the General Assembly has not raised that 23.5-cent-a-gallon tax since the early 1990s, and the last three governors haven't dared to touch that political third rail.
On the federal level, the gas tax has remained at 18.4 cents since early in the Clinton administration.
Reading the political handwriting on the wall, the GBC has issued a report on another proposed method of financing transportation. The business group is intrigued by the idea of taxing vehicles based on the number of miles they have traveled on each type of road through a GPS-vased system.
It all boils down to a matter of picking your poison. Infrastructure isn't cheap.
When all the alternatives are hashed out -- a miles-traveled tax, higher tolls, registration fees, nuisance fees, selling infrastructure off to investors for the right to raise tolls -- maybe the humble motor fuel tax won't look so bad. It's simple, it's understandable, it doesn't put a large bill in your face. The burden falls on those who guzzle the most gas. And there's a system in place to collect it.
Could it be the worst alternative except for all the others?