Comment: The roads are paid for by gas tax

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The roads are paid for by gas tax

Construction and maintenece are handled at the state level by individual state highway departments. The federal gas tax funds are largely passed through a wasteful beauracracy, and then awarded to wasteful mass transit systems that can't fund themselves. Most states also siphon off a large portion of the gas tax to their general fund and waste it. In Missouri where the gas tax must go to the roads and the roads only much improvement has occurred in a short timeframe. Currently you pay about 40-60 cents per gallon (so take .50 per gallon) and the average car gets about 25 MPG so on average you pay a toll of .02 per mile. Heavier traffic gets lesser milage, and pays a greater "toll". If you don't drive then you pay no tax whatsoever for the roads. This system is actually about as close to a realistic libertarian principle as I can think of, and actually works quite well if the funds are not siphoned off to other wasteful parts of the budget.

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