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    Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

    WASHINGTON (AP) Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed.

    Gasoline taxes that for nearly half a century have paid for the federal share of highway and bridge construction can no longer be counted on to raise enough money to keep the nation's transportation system moving, LaHood said in an interview with The Associated Press.

    "We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled," the former Illinois Republican lawmaker said.

    Most transportation experts see a vehicle miles traveled tax as a long-term solution, but Congress is being urged to move in that direction now by funding pilot projects.

    The idea also is gaining ground in several states. Governors in Idaho and Rhode Island are talking about such programs, and a North Carolina panel suggested in December the state start charging motorists a quarter-cent for every mile as a substitute for the gas tax.

    A tentative plan in Massachusetts to use GPS chips in vehicles to charge motorists by the mile has drawn complaints from drivers who say it's an Orwellian intrusion by government into the lives of citizens. Other motorists say it eliminates an incentive to drive more fuel-efficient cars since gas guzzlers will be taxed at the same rate as fuel sippers.


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    Re: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

    Quote Originally Posted by theTANTALIZER View Post
    A tentative plan in Massachusetts to use GPS chips in vehicles to charge motorists by the mile....
    I expect the "pro-privacy" Obamanistas and the rabid left-wing to disagree with this rather loudly.

    Let's see if that expectation is met.

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    Re: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

    Sort of the exact opposite of what we should be incentivizing, and it would be horribly inefficient to set up.

    All around terrible idea that doesn't require partisanship.
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    Re: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

    That's bull****.

    People can be taxed on gas (a product they choose to buy), just like we are charged for buying a TV or new car. They should not be taxed on how far they travel (no matter the means of travel).

    Next thing is forcing everyone to wear pedometers and forcing them to add the annual count of how much they walked to their tax form in April?
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    Re: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

    I don't like this for two reasons. Firstly, I agree with the GPS being an intrusion people. What's wrong with the odometer? Secondly, taxing gasoline rather than mileage encourages the use of fuel efficient vehicles. Eliminating that factor would be regressive.

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    Re: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

    Quote Originally Posted by theTANTALIZER View Post
    WASHINGTON (AP) Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed.

    Gasoline taxes that for nearly half a century have paid for the federal share of highway and bridge construction can no longer be counted on to raise enough money to keep the nation's transportation system moving, LaHood said in an interview with The Associated Press.

    "We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled," the former Illinois Republican lawmaker said.

    Most transportation experts see a vehicle miles traveled tax as a long-term solution, but Congress is being urged to move in that direction now by funding pilot projects.

    The idea also is gaining ground in several states. Governors in Idaho and Rhode Island are talking about such programs, and a North Carolina panel suggested in December the state start charging motorists a quarter-cent for every mile as a substitute for the gas tax.

    A tentative plan in Massachusetts to use GPS chips in vehicles to charge motorists by the mile has drawn complaints from drivers who say it's an Orwellian intrusion by government into the lives of citizens. Other motorists say it eliminates an incentive to drive more fuel-efficient cars since gas guzzlers will be taxed at the same rate as fuel sippers.


    more here : http://www.newsday.com/news/nationwo...05,print.story
    .............Money Whores...tax and spend. They care not about the environment, IT`S THE MONEY...trust me. Now on the off chance that this is about the environment,...Tax the gas guzzler if it is being used as a status symbol. The money whore in his or her gigantic Navigator or Esscumlade running to the grocery store minus the other 9 passengers. The dualy without the cargo. The Hummer without a war. You get the picture. TAX the rich...

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    Re: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

    Not sure how the rest of the story got nixed.

    AP Interview: Transportation secretary mulls mileage tax, White House nixes idea


    President Barack Obama will not adopt a policy to tax motorists based on how many miles they drive instead of how much gasoline they buy, his chief spokesman said Friday.
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    Re: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    Not sure how the rest of the story got nixed.

    AP Interview: Transportation secretary mulls mileage tax, White House nixes idea


    Good Deal!
    Any statements of Obama being against something like this is usually left out. Read the "Fairness Doctrine revival" thread for another example.
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    Re: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    I expect the "pro-privacy" Obamanistas and the rabid left-wing to disagree with this rather loudly.

    Let's see if that expectation is met.
    Well then, allow this rabid left-winger to disagree with this rather loudly. This is absurd. Why the **** should people be taxed on the number of miles they drive instead of the amount of fuel they consume? That's a completely arbitrary standard that doesn't discourage gasoline consumption at all, invades privacy, and completely distorts the public costs associated with driving.

    If the only public cost associated with driving was the wear and tear of roads, then this might make a little more sense. But that is but one small fraction of the public costs. We also have the air pollution costs from fuel exhausts and the national security costs of being dependent on petrocracies.

    A $1-3 per gallon tax on gasoline is much better than this stupid plan.
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    Re: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

    Folks, this is NOT going to happen. Don't fret about it.
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