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A Primer on User Fees and Taxes

October 18, 2011 by · Comments Off on A Primer on User Fees and Taxes
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Triad Strategies recently posted an item on its blog, The Triadvocate, explaining the difference between general taxes and user fees. The following is a re-post of that blog:

Your teacher told you in grade school that it would be important to know how to use a dictionary. Now, the current Pennsylvania public policy debate on transportation funding has given you the perfect example of why she was right.

Most people say they don’t want new taxes. At the same time, people say they want better, safer roads and functional mass transit systems in urban areas. They are willing to pay a reasonable sum for using these facilities. So it’s important to know how you are paying for what you want and need and what the labels mean. Read more

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Study updates mileage-based fee status

March 28, 2011 by · Comments Off on Study updates mileage-based fee status
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Before implementing a mileage-based fee structure to fund the nation’s highway system, there must be more comprehensive testing of the approach, as well as coordination of the testing, according to a study by Rand Corp.

The study outlines three frameworks for development of a mileage-based system: driven by states, by the Federal Government or by the free market. Read more