Taxing the miles you drive not the gas you burn?

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    Transportation chief eyes taxing miles driven
    LaHood's says current gasoline tax not enough to fund infrastructure

    WASHINGTON - 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.

    Transportation chief eyes taxing miles driven - White House- msnbc.com
     
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    Since taxing miles driven doesn't relate to the actual damage to the environment and the stresses on highway and bridge surfaces like gasoline taxes are targetted to do, this tax will have to be in addition to gas taxes, meaning it is just a new tax. It could be useful to track people's travels or their location at a given moment in time. A good excuse would be tracking stolen vehicles perhaps, but that is better selected as an option by the car's purchasers.
     
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    This is ridiculous.
     
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    Where are all the people that bitch about the Patriot act? GPS' in every car lol. Who will pay for that? Being able to be tracked where ever you go. hell if they pass this I guess I will just rip mine out and bolt it to a tree.


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    Terrible idea.

    Truly dumb.
     
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    I am sure truck drivers will love this


    how fucking stupid

    step 1 of the Liberal agenda

    Get everyone out of their cars an dhop onto busses and bikes
     
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    "I am sure truck drivers will love this


    how fucking stupid

    step 1 of the Liberal agenda

    Get everyone out of their cars an dhop onto busses and bikes"


    if this goes through how many think that 'bike miles' will be taxed as well?
     
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    This all could be solved if they reviewed all of the projects in individual states that are paid for with federal dollars....things like the Bridge to Nowhere that came to our attention because of its colossal price tag...but you just know there are a kazillion more projects in the federal transportation bill that are projects that the local governments should be funding AND NOT ALL of us in the USA, leaving the fed gas tax monies for real federal projects on cross country federal highways...

    That should be the first step to solving our shortage in funds....

    If this doesn't solve the problem, then i guess another tax has to be instituted that does relate to the auto driver...as Mustang, (AH) said...

    those that do not drive should not be taxed for those of us that do drive... road usage....

    i agree it seems like BS, that those that spend the money and invest in a car that has better fuel usage should be getting a savings from such....

    but even if they instituted a usage tax in addition to the gas tax, the person getting better mileage is still saving on the gas taxes, and making out better than others.....

    NOTE, that this is not an endorsement to add this tax on my part, because i believe there is enough government waste that could cover all of what is truly our need.

    care
     
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    Lord knows when you bike, you exert more, breathing harder, and producing more CO2... so they probably will
     

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