Lawmakers in Missouri’s state Senate approved a bill authorizing a November 2016 ballot question asking for an increase in the state’s gasoline excise tax.
If the state House of Representatives passes the bill, voters will be asked to approve an increase in the state’s gasoline tax by about 6 cents per gallon, from 17.3 cents per gallon to 22.9 cents. Approval from Gov. Jay Nixon (D) is not required to place the question on the ballot.
‘Imperfect Relationship’ with Road Use
Joseph Miller, a policy analyst with the Show-Me Institute, says gas taxes are an unfair form of taxation and are inefficient.
“Fuel use is correlated with road and highway usage, but differences in fuel efficiency make this an imperfect relationship,” Miller said. “For instance, a person who drove exclusively on urban streets, not the highways, would likely be giving a net transfer to a truck that simply hurtled across the state on an interstate highway.”
Miller says Missouri’s highway construction funds are...
Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of local government. That’s the highest count of any state in the nation, and the runner-up is not even close.
One of those units of government is the Naperville Township Road District, where seven employees maintain less than 20 miles of road at a cost of $116,000 per mile. City officials have said they could maintain the same distance at half the cost, and have moved to take over the road district’s duties on behalf of local taxpayers.
But the final decision on...
Study: Taxes are Costliest Part of Providing Telecom Services Johnny Kampis
A study on rural broadband found that — wait for it — taxes are far and away the largest cost involved in providing telecommunications services.
This comes after another report last year indicated taxes could slow down wireless broadband expansion.
Hudson Institute’s “The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband” found that excise-type taxes that providers collect and remit to governments make up $1.3 billion of the “...