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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Michael Silence pointed out today a proposal in NJ to raise toll fees by 50%. Some are objecting that the increase is a hidden tax hike.

I'm as anti-tax as they come, but raising tolls isn't really a tax. It's a hike in user fees. There can be an argument made that a toll is a user fee that cannot be avoided. However, in every toll jurisdiction in which I have lived (Texas, Georgia, Mass Pike, NYC), there were alternate paths for travel. Note that I didn't say 'convenient' paths of travel.

I would prefer have tolls and eliminate taxation for funding roads, creating a system whereby roads are paid for by those who use them, but that's another discussion altogether.

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