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Learned that people like to drive and holidays apparently millions of Americans are going to be driving on this Memorial Day.
And gas prices are high but even higher but should we raise the price of gas -- a higher gas tax.
Before you all start -- me.
There is a way could actually save you money list last he's editor in chief of transportation blog the infrastructure -- Which I've found -- story when my favorite blogs that are economic transportation -- I when you say raise the gas tax -- -- some of the politician your dad.
Okay it's akin to political suicide it is it is it is and people what they're they're fired at the keyboard ready to send me a nasty email -- there is data that says it could save people money explain.
Recent data has shown.
That the average American drivers spends around 335 dollars a year repairing his or her car as -- results.
Of driving on -- -- it's rough roads potholes.
Now how do we get the money to repair roads through the gas tax.
In -- -- -- enjoy just driving in America's roads we need to.
Pay for it in some way.
And so the money that's collected for these repairs is through the gas tax.
Now if we work to raise the gas tax and the federal gas taxes eighteen point four cents a gallon -- -- the exact same since 1993.
And it means you factor in inflation -- basic zero investigating inflation is wiped out some basic government is getting zero exactly and it probably cost more to collect -- tax -- it's actually learning about it.
If we raised so when you look at that figure OK eighteen cents a gallon if you have a car that gets.
Eighteen miles per gallon you're paying a -- again -- -- -- most -- obviously.
Have better gas mileage and that.
It would cost you if you raise the gas -- saying you know 1015 cents it would still cost you less per year in that addition.
In taxes and it's costing you to -- so for every you know I know you were talking in the break -- might suspension.
Blown out of my car hedged at -- might down in New Jersey it's a true story cost me a lot of money to fix that -- the seventh.
Thousand dollars it -- -- unfortunately for every lost -- for every blown tire for every suspension damage mufflers getting knocked off.
The point is that stuff.
Cost you more then you're probably gonna pay in higher gas cans assuming that the gas tax doesn't -- open you know.
-- a dollar a -- absolutely and it's not going to -- the dollar gallon we're talking about may be raising it a few cents per gallon.
You look at Pennsylvania has some of the most traffic Clinton canceled and some of the worst roads add some areas -- Pennsylvania street -- it's very -- the American Society of Civil Engineers just issued its -- report for Pennsylvania.
And the roads got a big -- do you mind now -- -- -- -- not enough.
-- -- -- -- -- -- So the roads are bad and when you drive on these roads whether or not your Pennsylvania resident or not your car's going to sustain damage or your wedding if you're Lancaster are your -- -- your VW bus or whatever you happen to be driving up I eighty but it.
The fact is that you're going to be paying a lot in repairs and in urban areas actually that 300.
And 35 dollars year is.
Way too low you think about LA in New York DC you're paying 7800 dollars here just to maintain your car as a result of -- -- on the road.
Now it would save you money to pay a little more in gas tax and have better road and the AF CE is the -- -- did this study to write this they gathered data from.
By the transportation interest group that did an extensive Saturday that came out so it's not some super liberal pro tax group saying Jack up taxes to save the seals right this is people saying.
The data says.
You're gonna spend more your -- -- a crummy roads.
Back then if we spent a nickel more -- -- gallon and in -- absolutely.
And when you do the numbers -- just.
I mean it's it's.
Sort of obvious.
Now of course a local politician ain't exactly I mean it is argument on either side.
They're both afraid to tackle the issue.
Absolutely because good luck getting up in front of configured -- electioneering thing I voted to raise the gas tax is incredibly unpopular but I do think that if you.
Show drivers the options look you're the one who has to write that check to -- mechanic.
Exactly when your car when -- -- -- -- -- your gas to get -- an interior transmissions out you know and you don't have to do with that.
Well we could take a lot of that -- off your hands if we just basic -- I think if people looked at it that way.
Then maybe users have to -- I'll let you make that argument and I.
I'm not here on the infrastructure is blog thank you very much thanks Brian appreciate it now you can also is heat that was not advocating it what is -- -- data folks the same way here.
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