Eliminate all use based taxes and fund all government spending via wealth based taxation. Scaled revenue taxation is better than use or sales based taxation but revenue generation benefits our economy. Wealth accumulation on the other hand is of no benefit to the economy.
Yikes! Wealth-based taxation is *incredibly* unfair and creates all sorts of unintended consequences. What would be the justification for it anyway? Simply saying it's not beneficial to the economy is hardly sufficient as there are gazillions of other things that aren't a benefit to the economy either.
"Also, it seems extremely rare to have a road lead just to one business, so the 70-90% number is probably on the high side."
I earn six figures so not low income, still my employer still bills 100% of my time out at 5 times what I make. That means 80% of the revenue I generate goes to my employer. That means anytime I travel to and from work or for anything that benefits my career my employer should be paying 80% of the cost of any wear and tear on the roads. Additionally, since I spend nearly 50% of my waking hours (aka life) producing revenue for them 80% of all government infrastructure (roads, replacement drivers licenses, medical infrastructure, police, housing, "my" share of government agency costs, defense, etc) costs that come from my life should be paid by them.
It's no different if you make $20,000-30,000/yr like most folks. Your employer still generally will be taking 70-90% of the value you generate. Therefore 70-90% of "your" share of public infrastructure and services use cost belongs to them.
I mean no offense, but to me this is full of unrelated and illogical conclusions.
- Why should your business be taxed differently based on whether you choose to walk or drive to work, or how far away you live, etc.? It seems preposterous that any of these are the business's concern, and yet that is a direct consequence of what you are proposing.
- You seem to be overstating the value you provide to your company and/or understating all of the other things that go into running a business - their many other costs, the risks they are taking on that you get to avoid, etc. *If* your value to the company is as high as you say, then it is foolish for you to be working for them. Still, you're not being held hostage, so if the relationship really is as lopsided as you think, that's your problem and not theirs.
- Regardless of all of that, the rate at which they bill out your work is so far removed from the use of the roads it's crazy.
- The business pays property taxes; they are already paying a portion of the infrastructure costs relevant to them. Trying to say that the business is somehow on the hook for activities that *you* do doesn't make sense. Let me guess, the business should also pay for your food, clothing, and housing since you need food to stay alive to work for them, they won't let you come to work naked, and because you need a place where you can rest between shifts?
Even if you think the share of someone who earns six figures vs someone who earns $20,000yr should be equal based on millage (I don't, dollars represent goods and services and $1 buys roughly 100000x less of them than $100,000 and therefore requires about 1/100000th the public infrastructure to generate).
The most fair would be for each person to bear their portion of the cost that they create. Since that isn't practical, a rough approximation is the next best thing. How much of the maintenance costs do they cause? As a rough approximation, it's proportional to the amount they use the resource (the road, in this case).
The fact that one person, for whatever reason, has accumulated more dollars is not directly relevant at all. It's just like when you go to the grocery store to buy a loaf of bread - the price is based on the cost of ingredients, the preparation costs, shipping, wages for workers, some portion of the store's overhead, some portion for profits. Nowhere in that equation is how much money you make, how hard you work, etc.
How much public roadway infrastructure do you think is used by people commuting to work for someone else? Ever been in a city at rush hour?
I have no idea what point you're trying to make here, sorry.