Maine's Hidden "Toll Roads"
$282. That’s how much Maine’s worn-down and roughed-up roads add to every Mainer’s car maintenance bill each year. More morosely, the “crumbling transportation infrastructure,” as the Portland Press Herald put it, might cause as many as sixty-five deaths per year (that’s one third of total traffic fatalities) according to a report by the Maine Development Foundation. With the budget for road repairs shrinking — only $8 million was allotted for repaving this year as opposed to the needed $25 million — the co-chair of the state's transportation committe says there is no money slated for repaving roads next year. One solution is to increase fuel taxes. Even without a tax, Mainers will be paying for the roads one way or another.