Re. "why the cost of maintaining transportation infrastructure has kept pace with the skyrocketing prices of fuel", they clearly have nothing to do with each other. The supplier price of fuel fluctuates with supply & demand (and speculation). Taxes fluctuate when governments have a need to change them. For the record, the cost of maintaining roads has never been completely covered by gas taxes. So, if governments are raising the gas tax to avoid having to subsidize road maintenance out of the general fund, that's fair regardless of the "percentage increase" it may cause in the gas tax.
Lastly, in view of the ongoing and impending impact of global warming, using fuel taxes to create a market-based incentive to use more fuel-efficient vehicles makes good economic sense. Government should subsidize activities (like solar & wind) that we want to see more of, and penalize activities (like burning fossil fuels) that we want to see less of.
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