I have been amazed about the amount of time the Media and our legislators have spent re-hashing how they are going to pay for the shortfall in road funding. The first thing that comes out of their mouths is ‘TAX INCREASE’.

I do understand that they will have to raise the money somehow, but I’m confused why one plan has been totally ignored; RAISE VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEES, and take a cut from there to pay for the shortfall in the gas tax. We pay some of the lowest registration fees in the country.

A couple of years ago a study showed that for every man, woman and child in South Dakota there was 1.5 registered vehicles. That is over 1 million vehicles. Even if you merely doubled the fee from an average of $50 to $100 you would raise $50 million dollars for roads. But the Sales Tax mentality of our Republican Governor and Legislators always comes up (because it shelters the wealthy who have mulitple cars, boats, motorcycles, etc.) The other major benefit of a Registration Fee increase would be disperesing that money to county and municipalities so they could use it to help maintain streets and bridges that already exist to.

I hope at least one legislator grows a brain before January and moves ahead with this idea.

6 Thoughts on “Money for Roads? Use common Sense

  1. Ghost of Dude on October 13, 2008 at 1:13 pm said:

    The “wealthy” who have multiple vehicles for personal use won’t mind paying the fee. What’s an extra $50 to you if you really want a $40,000 off-road Jeep just for fun?
    It’ll hurt small businesses more than anyone, but still not much.

  2. I all for a gas tax to, I just think this is a good way to supplement it.

  3. Ghost of Dude on October 13, 2008 at 2:51 pm said:

    What I love about the whole gas tax thing is that the gov’t planned its budget based on gas usage increasing for the forseeable future when they new gas was going to hit almost $4/ gallon and people weren’t going to drive as much. It seems kinda silly, but that’s our state gov’t for you.

  4. You would think there would be less wear and tear on the roads when no one is driving, therefor less maintenance.

  5. Ghost of Dude on October 14, 2008 at 9:18 am said:

    It’s the semis loaded down with crap to sell at Wal Mart that tear up the roads – well, that and old man winter. Personal vehicles don’t really tear the road up.
    And the semis have to deliver their loads no matter what fuel costs.

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