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Thoughts on Environmental Economics

Tim Kaine gets it

Posted by Evan Herrnstadt on April 30, 2008

Meaning that he understands that driving imposes external costs on society. Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) is calling for a hike in gas taxes to cover a transportation/infrastructure budget shortfall. Not a perfect incentive structure — I’d prefer real-time road usage charges — but it’s not a perfect world. At any rate it’s a gutsy call to make, though there is a one-term limit on VA governors, so what’s at stake is his approval rating and the party’s image in state government. I mean, we’re living in a high oil price world, on the cusp of summer driving season, and close to (if not already in) a recession. Kaine is providing a breath of fresh air in the context of the recent gas tax pandering by Clinton and McCain.

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One Response to “Tim Kaine gets it”

  1. Scott S said

    That is gutsy. Unfortunately, he’ll probably be promptlylabeled a terrorist and sent to Gitmo.

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