Taxing your Car Mileage... What?

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  1. Lumpy 1
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    Sheesh... you got to be kidding.. on top of the taxes we're already paying....
    Just what we need, the federal and probably the state and local government monitoring our driving habits... invasion of privacy, I think so..

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    TAMPA - In a recent report, the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C. took a look at taxing drivers on their mileage as a way to raise money for federal highway funding.

    Most federal money spent on the highways comes from your fuel taxes, but according to the Congressional Budget Office, those taxes and others paid by drivers aren't enough to pay for current or future highway spending.

    That's due in part to today's more fuel efficient vehicles. A Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Tax would be a sort-of user fee. Those traveling more on the roads, presumably causing a greater impact, would pay more.

    Taxes based on your odometer?


    Who makes more money on gasoline, the government or the oil companies?
     
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    This is the wet dream of government.

    Not only can they take even more of our money but they also get to keep tabs on everyone by installing transponders in all cars.
     
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    Nothing like a tax that requires the building of a new bureaucracy, infrastructure, set of criminal penalties and government waste that is nigh impossible to enforce OR verify with any serious effectiveness.

    mmmm peachy.
     
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    Well, if we cannot fund repairs to the Interstates, just shut them down.
     
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    Much easier to raise fuel taxes. It should have been done in 1999 when gasoline was $1.00/gallon.
     
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    What we are seeing is the affect of increased efficiency of the cars and trucks, and the emergence of EVs. We depend on the Interstates for transportation, both personal and commercial. If we fail to fund the maintenance of the system, it will fail. We see every year now old bridges failing, sometimes catastrophically.

    So, do you want to fund the system out of income taxes, or taxes on those that use the system? Or do you just want to shut the system down?
     
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    Let me tell you how it will be
    There's one for you, nineteen for me
    'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

    Should five per cent appear too small
    Be thankful I don't take it all
    'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman

    If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
    If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat.
    If you get too cold I'll tax the heat,

    If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.

    Don't ask me what I want it for
    If you don't want to pay some more
    'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

    Now my advice for those who die
    Declare the pennies on your eyes
    'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
    And you're working for no one but me.
     
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    This is really already done with gasoline taxes. I'd rather just see a raise in income tax (though I am not in favor of any higher taxes) than this other crap that is being proposed under the guise that "we didn't raise taxes."
     
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    We are already taxed on our car mileage every time we refill the tank. The less you drive the less you pay. You also get credit for being more fuel efficient
     
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    From what I sunderstand about this proposal, it would be aimed at the hibreds and electric cars since they use alot less gas than the average vehicle on the road today. However, I can see it becoming law for all vehicles. The grand progressive plan to keep tabs on the population, since we can't make the money on gas that we use to, we will tax you on the distance you travel in a month and keep tabs on where you are during those times.
     
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