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    Re: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    The problem is Obama is pushing more fuel efficient cars which means less gas used.
    Well, less gas used is part of the idea. The main purposes of a gas tax are to discourage gas consumption, and to generate enough revenue to cover the cost of the externalities associated with gas use. It's never going to be more than a small source of revenue for the government.
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    Re: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    This seems pretty absurd.

    Toll Roads would be much more reasonable.
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    Re: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBook View Post
    This seems pretty absurd.

    Toll Roads would be much more reasonable.
    Problem with toll roads it creates traffic, pollution and cost the toll payers money for lost time both in business and personal.

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    Re: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Well, less gas used is part of the idea. The main purposes of a gas tax are to discourage gas consumption, and to generate enough revenue to cover the cost of the externalities associated with gas use. It's never going to be more than a small source of revenue for the government.
    The main purpose of a gas tax is to discourage consumption? You do realize you are incorrect with that statement. The main purpose of a gas tax is to raise revenue.

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    Re: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBook View Post
    This seems pretty absurd.

    Toll Roads would be much more reasonable.
    Toll roads are even more absurd.

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    Re: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    So now the government thinks it has the right to know how much I drive. Putting this kind of technology in my vehicle is an invasion of privacy and another example of big brother is watching you. Another move closer to a police state

    CBO: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement - The Hill's Floor Action

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released a report that said taxing people based on how many miles they drive is a possible option for raising new revenues and that these taxes could be used to offset the costs of highway maintenance at a time when federal funds are short.

    The report discussed the proposal in great detail, including the development of technology that would allow total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) to be tracked, reported and taxed, as well as the pros and cons of mandating the installation of this technology in all vehicles.

    "In the past, the efficiency costs of implementing a system of VMT charges — particularly the costs of users' time for slowing and queuing at tollbooths — would clearly have outweighed the potential benefits from more efficient use of highway capacity," CBO wrote. "Now, electronic metering and billing are making per-mile charges a practical option."
    Why do you think that CSA 2010 is going to mandate qualcoms for all commercial vehicles, by 2014? Taxing mileage was part of the plan all alone.

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    Re: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    Quote Originally Posted by Nevergolfpar View Post
    The main purpose of a gas tax is to discourage consumption? You do realize you are incorrect with that statement. The main purpose of a gas tax is to raise revenue.
    Well, its purpose is to raise revenue to pay for the externalities associated with gas use itself (which it fails to do). But it's never going to be a big money-maker for the federal government. If a gas tax accelerated the shift from fossil fuels to alternative energy, I doubt that very many proponents of the gas tax would be lamenting the loss of gas tax revenue.
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    Re: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    Because of the push for people to buy high MPG cars. The government with pushing Global Warming and Hybrid cars has screwed itself so they need another way to screw us.
    I'd just switch to public transport... as soon as the rail is built..

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    Re: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    I drive 40-50,000 miles a year....between something like this and the Gas Prices....I wouldn't be able to afford it.
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    Re: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    Why not just quit putting the gas tax money into the general fund? It's a fee collected to pay for the costs of roads and bridges. It should be used to build and maintain roads and bridges. That seems simple. Then, if there isn't enough money to properly maintain roads and bridges, there is a rationale for raising the tax.
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