Before we go about charging people for miles driven, how about making sure taxpayers get their money's worth in services received?
For road maintenance, the way to do that is easy. Scrap Davis Bacon and all prevailing wage laws, then let cities and states put out bids for work at non-union rates.
If the states and federal government would scrap all prevailing wage laws and make recipients in general pay for services received, I will be more than happy to discuss better ways of making drivers (and everyone else) pay for services received.
Camel's Nose in the Tent
As an addendum, I offer reader "Lapdog" comments ... "A miles driven tax is just the camel's nose in the tent. It will ultimately be a GPS/vehicle-based system that will allow charging more based on time of day, type of road taken or where one wishes to go i.e. into downtown business districts."
Precisely. The possibilities for more taxes, and more tracking of everything you do, while under guise of making people pay for services are infinite.
Moreover, both parties want to keep track of everything you do under guise of protecting against terrorists.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock