When are people going to say “Enough!” I’ve been warning about this latest proposed tax on gasoline by the miles one drives for the past three years. It will begin in the West and then spread out throughout the country.
California, Washington and Oregon are looking at legislation to tax people by the number of miles they drive. California just put such a bill into the legislature, laughingly making it voluntary.
What fool will voluntarily do this? Only some dingbat in Hollywood with endless sums of money to burn I wager.
One of the reasons black boxes are being installed in all cars is so the government can track each car and tax every person by the miles they drive.
Undoubtedly, politicians will be exempt – that’s a guess – but I think I’m right.
Back in 2011, the Sentinel predicted this in an article which I have reprinted below. I’m so prescient that I think I will open a fortune telling business.
The government is going to tax you by the number of miles you drive, no doubt about it. States are getting wise to the loss of tax revenue with more people driving gas efficient vehicles so they are looking to tax people by the number of miles they drive. So in addition to paying $8 a gallon for gas, you will be paying another tax every time you fill up.
CBS had a few stories to support that at the time.
For example, college student Jayson Just commuted 2,000 miles a month. As CBS News Correspondent Sandra Hughes reported, his monthly gas bill once topped his car payment.
“I was paying about $500 a month,” said Just.
So Just bought a fuel efficient hybrid and said goodbye to his gas-guzzling BMW.
And what kind of mileage did he get?
“The EPA estimate is 60 in the city, 51 on the highway,” said Just.
And that saves him almost $300 a month in gas. It’s great for Just but bad for the roads he’s driving on, because he was also paying a lot less in gasoline taxes which fund highway projects and road repairs.
As more and more hybrids hit the road, cash-strapped states are warning of rough roads ahead.
Officials in car-clogged California are so worried they may be considering a replacement for the gas tax altogether, replacing it with something called “tax by the mile.”
Seeing tax dollars dwindling, neighboring Oregon has already started road testing the idea.
“Drivers will get charged for how many miles they use the roads, and it’s as simple as that,” said one research engineer.
Research engineers at Oregon State University equipped a test car with a global positioning device to keep track of its mileage. Eventually, every car would need one.
“So, if you drive 10 miles you will pay a certain fee which will be, let’s say, one tenth of what someone pays if they drive 100 miles,” said one researcher.
The new tax would be charged each time you fill up. A computer inside the gas pump would communicate with your car’s odometer to calculate how much you owe.
There will be no end to unreasonable taxation until people start throwing the tea into the sea.
Come on people, this is a bipartisan issue. How much are you going to pay to satiate the insatiable lust of the bureaucrats?
It will start out as an almost negligible amount but, as with all backdoor taxes, they can grow it at will once the legislation is passed.
Someone like Mr. Just who is a hard working young man will be penalized for trying so hard. The Justs of the world will have to find another way to make money, one that doesn’t include work.