by Becki Gray
Former Senior Vice President, John Locke Foundation
Here are four suggestions (in order of policy preference) to fix the gas tax/transportation problem without increasing taxes:
1. Spend highway money on highways. Stop diverting and spending on non-highway needs. No more to rail transit, mass transit, bikes/pedestrian ways, ferries and aviation. No diversion to the General Fund, the Highway Patrol of other state agencies. Streamline administrative services, cut 500 permanent employees and eliminate 50 vacant positions. Savings: $680.5 Million
4. Allow gas tax rate to increase, but keep growth at rate of inflation with a floor and a ceiling.