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Originally posted by vor78
It has nothing to do with taxation or the road system. Its a political power play. They're trying to raise the cost of living in rural and semi-rural areas in an attempt to drive those people into the cities. They know that if they can get them out of those rural areas and into the cities, they can also destroy the self-sufficiency and traditional values prevalent in most rural areas that have plagued the Democratic party for years.
It's not a 'gasoline tax', it's a fuel tax. People that use alternative fuels are suppose to pay the tax, much like people are suppose to pay the states sales tax on items purchased outside of that state (in most states).
People that use alternative fuels, and do not pay the tax on those fuels are guilty of tax evasion.
Here's what's likely going to be an unpopular notion, but does a milage-based tax not come closer to establishing a fair 'user-pay' fee on road use? The argument can be made that why should somebody who lives in the city and takes transit instead of driving, be called upon to subsidise the roads needed to accommodate urban sprawl? Paying taxes is always a pig...but it's tough to balance out user-pay versus societal good at the best of times..
The Democrats won...time to start working together instead of fighting the last election.
The tax would work by equipping vehicles with GPS technology to determine how many miles a car has been driven and whether on highways or local roads. They would then calculate the amount of tax owed.
Originally posted by ANNED The biggest problem i see is the government would now be able to track your every movement while driving.
While I stated that this system could be used to make user-pay fees fairer,
Originally posted by Heatburger
reply to post by jdub297
Ok so I do not want to sound like a whiney little kid, but man. That is just not fair. I live in BFE and have to commute to work, and now they're talking about taxing my milage to get to where I work, and pay even more taxes? Not to mention the fact that I pay taxes on gas and my car already.
It's silly. They would literally be taxing us to go pay more in taxes at wherever we're driving to go spend money.
I don't want a GPS unit in my car anyway. Way too big brother.
[edit on 28-4-2009 by Heatburger]
Oh, it's all taxed.
Don't give me any of this 'should be' or 'could be' stuff. It IS taxed, and it IS tax evasion to use it without paying the taxes on it. It is the tax evaders fault that these politicians are looking at another tax.