toll revenues are down, and they do what?

USA Today reports that toll revenues are down because (drum roll please): fewer people are driving, they’re driving shorter distances, or they’re taking mass transit.

What is the response from the organizations that run toll roads? Why, raise tolls of course.

That’s right: like any other time the government gets involved in something, instead of encouraging people to drive more (such as by dropping tolls), they raise them. They do it with taxes, bus fares, and anything else where they think they’re entitled to revenue.

When private enterprise starts losing customers, they sure as hell don’t *raise* prices: they cut them to get people back. But not the government.

And don’t get me started on the fact that all these roads have paid for themselves dozens of times over from the tolls *already* collected.