Francis Di Domizio wrote:A higher gas tax on the other hand seems too regressive. You don't see a lot of new high gas mileage cars in the inner city. On the other hand putting tolls on highways does seem like a more equitable solution.
I agree about the tax; I'm having a hard time understanding the equity in toll roads, though. Either you need to drive them or you don't, regardless of your station in life. It's much more burdensome on someone making $30k/yr vs. someone making $100k/yr. I think it's as regressive as any flat tax.
However, from personal experience: I work at home but still put 18-20k miles on my car annually. I drive for pleasure, usually ~300 miles per weekend. I'd be closer to paying "fair share" for use of Wisconsin roads through a gas tax then through a toll road, which I would never ever drive.
All said, eliminating income tax in favor of sales tax is a bad idea; a great example of GOP "negative externalities."