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Oregon Road User Fee

Since 2001 Oregon has been exploring ways to fund transportation using a use fee.  Sometimes called a VMT (vehicle miles traveled) tax, this kind of funding mechanism is much more equitable than the current combination of gas and sales taxes … Continue reading

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Depaving Rural America

Rural counties across middle America are turning paved roads back into gravel.  The WSJ article is from 2010, and I wonder to what extent this trend has continued.  I can’t say that it seems like much of a loss.  I … Continue reading

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Tax Land, Not Buildings

The Land Tax is revived in Minneapolis, at least in concept.  Taxing land, rather than the improvements upon it (or at least taxing them at different rates, with the land more heavily taxed than the improvements), discourages speculation in valuable … Continue reading

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State DOTs may be forced to return millions in bike/ped funding

The Alliance for Biking & Walking is sounding the alarm on another round of crippling rescissions heading for state and local transportation agencies.  A rescission is when the Feds say “Hey, you know that money we gave you?  We want … Continue reading

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Funding local transportation locally

Whenever Tax Day approaches, I end up thinking about where that money goes, and what it buys, and whether I really wanted any of it.  Increasingly, it seems to me that the larger the governing jurisdiction, the less democratic it … Continue reading

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