It's difficult to estimate something like that.Originally Posted by Jerry
You misunderstand what I mean by it not being profitable. It's unprofitable for any individual business to voluntarily pay for its own share of the infrastructure. But it's most definitely profitable for the economy as a whole for the government to fund infrastructure.Originally Posted by Jerry
That doesn't mean that there aren't any profits being made. Whomever the government hires/contracts to fix the roads will profit of course.
That is the main purpose of the gas tax, not to generate revenue. The extra revenue is only an incidental benefit, and the tax could even be made revenue-neutral if we cut payroll taxes by an equal amount. The main purpose *is* to reduce gas consumption.Originally Posted by Jerry
That is demonstrably false even for income taxes...and I've never even heard anyone claim that for a sales tax before. If this something-for-nothing approach for governance was correct, then we could eliminate all taxes and the government would be raking in the cash.Originally Posted by Jerry