As I was bouncing along a deteriorated section of Interstate 40 on my way to Bullhead City last weekend, I got to thinking about Rep. Noel Campbell’s proposed, new fee on car registrations. Adding this fee to the cost of car ownership and registration for Arizona residents defies logic.
We already have the second-highest cost of car ownership in the country due to our high license fees, and this new fee would be paid for only by those of us who live here and who register our cars here. Unlike a gas tax increase that would be paid for by all who use our roads and highways, this added fee would not apply to any of the following:
- The millions of tourists who come to our great state every year and drive on our highways.
- People passing through our state on our two major east-west interstate highways.
- Rental car companies that register their cars in other states.
- People who live here full time or part time and who register their cars in other states.
So Gov. Doug Ducey doesn’t want to raise the gas tax. And Campbell would rather place the cost of our unmet infrastructure costs on a select few instead of spreading the cost to all who use our highways.
Go figure. Only in America.