March 16 - March 22, 2015

What is the best way to fund infrastructure maintenance in the U.S. going forward?

Answers Votes
A multiyear (3 to 5 year) transportation bill 49%
A series of short-term (6 month or less) appropriations 19%
Increase the federal gas tax. 19%
Increase user fees/tolls. 14%

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Comment from Michael Quaranta, (3/17/2015, 3:20 PM)

Increased use fees would expose the well managed infrastructure facilities that would require the least maintenance cost. Poor maintenance management, and there are wide-spread reports of little or no maintenance, usually come to light eventually (?). Why should someone driving a car or riding a airplane/subway support a city infrastructure (sewer and water) cost collection responsibility? User fees and tolls are the best for local auditing and Federal collections may not be appropriated properly, if at all to th eneed.

Comment from Fern Henley, (3/19/2015, 3:03 AM)

According to Alexander Hamilton's system of productive credit economy system which is embedded in the US constitution as the way to run our national economy The best way to fund infrastructure maintain acne is to have the Federal government issue credit for the project both in building and equally for maintenance of the project which if the project is not just a road to nowhere it has built into itself the wherewithal necessary to pay back the government credit extended. Just like the space program generated $$ for every $ spent (please correct my ratio) any project generates a tax base that more than pays for itself. To err on the side of conservation is to lose hope of going forward as would placing the cost of maintenance on the individual users of the project since these people are by far not the only ones who profit from the movement of goods and services. Local auditing is absolutely necessary as well as watching for appropriations getting where they are meant to go...certainly that is part of the cost of maintenance. We can't sit around waiting for the whistle blower to speak up; there are ways of checking on these things which can't be left to luck.

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