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Toll Roads and Double Taxation: The Left and Libertarians Converge

Texas Chris Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 1:41 PM
A very poorly researched article, and at times disingenuous or even dishonest. Current toll roads are NOT libertarian. A government-owned toll road is double taxation, and libertarians oppose taxes by force. Always. A true toll road would be privately owned. And yes, fines would be imposed for "stealing" use of the road, and violators can and should be publicly shamed into paying. Decrying toll roads because the way the government runs them today is as silly as saying we need more gun laws because the gun laws today "aren't working". Private toll roads are as simple as pipeline rights of way: the owners of the pipe negotiate in good faith with the owners of the property and cover the costs to build and maintain.

Toll roads are appealing to many on the right, because the fees don't look like taxes; motorists are charged for the voluntary action of driving on a specific road. Toll roads appear to be run by private entities, not the government. Also known as turnpikes, they are becoming an increasingly popular way to raise money to build roads, instead of increasing gas taxes which have traditionally paid for highways. Gas tax revenues only have about one-third the buying power they did a decade ago, insufficient to build new roads or maintain existing ones. There are now 5,244 miles of toll roads...