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OPINION: The rural tax

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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 3:30 am

Here’s a novel way to solve the nation’s problem with declining funding for highways: Stick it to people who live in rural areas or who answered the call to drive fuel-efficient cars.

Washington state is considering a proposal to charge drivers by the mile to fund state highways and roads. The time-honored system of building and fixing roads through a per-gallon tax on fuel isn’t producing sufficient revenues, in part because people are driving less but also because they’re driving more cars that sip fuel, or they use taxpayer-subsidized buses and commuter trains (which rural folks have been subsidizing for years.)

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