jpete wrote:ALL fees are taxes. I don't have a real objection to most of them except income and property tax. I can opt out of most of the rest.
Well I don't necessarily object to them charging a fee for 911 if they need to fund it but that's not the case. There's all kinds of taxes supposed to be going for one thing that go to something else. Let's take another example, there's a average 62 percent tax on gasoline nationwide according to this site:http://www.pennsylvaniagasprices.com/tax_info.aspx
Roughly 360,000,000 gallons per day of just gasoline:http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/pet/pet_s ... _nus_m.htm
$223,200,000 per day or $81,468,000,000 per year and that's just the gas tax. You still have the tax on diesel... Now half of that $80 billion is probably state taxes if not more...
The total DOT budget for 2008 was $70 billion. That includes everything; RR, aviation mass transportation etc:http://www.dot.gov/bib2009/crosswalk.htm
Certainly once you add in the diesel tax we're going to be beyond $70 billlion that the feds collect, to that we have to add the state taxes and all the registration fees.
Rough guess is cars and trucks generate $150 billion a year in revenue combined when you add the fed and state taxes/fees together?
Highway funding is more than adequate through the taxes and fees collected. If you consider those figures it generates a surplus