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    Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    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."

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

    Just wait until technology advances to the point that they can measure the oxygen you take in from the atmosphere. They will meter your breathing and tax you for that as well.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    Just wait until technology advances to the point that they can measure the oxygen you take in from the atmosphere. They will meter your breathing and tax you for that as well.
    Well Democrats already tried taxing exhalation.........so your probably right.....
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    Re: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    Why isn't the fuel tax sufficient enough to tax us based on the mileage we drive? It just seems repetitive...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    Why isn't the fuel tax sufficient enough to tax us based on the mileage we drive? It just seems repetitive...
    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.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Badmutha View Post
    Well Democrats already tried taxing exhalation.........so your probably right.....
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    It was a good strategy. Democrats never inhale. Didn't you learn anything from Clinton.

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

    The CBO is just a customer service for the Congress, it'll do a study about anything you ask it to do. If you were a Congressman or staffer you could tell them to do a study about the possible revenue gain from taxing sprinkles on ice cream cones for little girls and they'd do it, they aren't partisan at all.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    It was a good strategy. Democrats never inhale. Didn't you learn anything from Clinton.
    LMAO..good one.

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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."

    Meters on toilets to count flushes is next.
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    Re: Taxing mileage a 'practical option' for revenue enhancement

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    Why isn't the fuel tax sufficient enough to tax us based on the mileage we drive? It just seems repetitive...
    Well driving for a living I am very familiar with fuel tax, the answer to your question is that most states now put the fuel tax into a general fund and spend it where it isn't suppose to be spent. So X amount of dollars being collected in fuel tax will go to let say building a park 150 miles away in a nice urban or suburban neighborhood, or perhaps putting in a tennis court or pool etc. OH it can go just about anywhere except the Highways and Byways.

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