- Jan 28, 2013
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We don't make gas tax a % of the cost of gas because the cost of gas fluctuates and is affected by all sorts of things that have nothing to do with how much tax revenue the govt intends to collect. Inflation strongly affects the cost of road building and road maintenance, but does not strongly affect the cost of gasoline.Then change the gas tax to x%, not x cents per gallon. Solves your inflation issue and solves the issue that legislators actually vote to increase the tax.
The gas tax needs to be indexed to the price of goods and services it is intended to purchase, not to the price of gas. The politicians on Beacon Hill *should* put on their big boy/girl pants and raise the tax periodically, but they have refused to do so for 2 decades. Indexing the gas tax to inflation was and remains the only viable long term solution.