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Two states tax some drivers by the
mile. Many more want to give it a try.

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 3/12/2021 3:53:30 PM

Bruce Starr spotted the problem right away: The hydrogen-powered cars General Motors was showing off on the Oregon Capitol grounds wouldn’t need gas. And if they didn’t need gas, drivers wouldn’t be paying gas taxes that fund the state’s roads. (Snip) Many have settled on an answer: charging drivers a penny or two for each mile behind the wheel. But while such a system would bring in tax dollars for roads, it also would present a new set of obstacles. States are leading the way, with Oregon and Utah launching the first programs and several others running pilots to test


Are you ready to be fitted with your tracking collar? It will be just 1 - 2 ¢ per mile.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rumblehog 3/12/2021 3:56:16 PM (No. 722014)
Yes, in Texas we call them Toll Roads.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Ribicon 3/12/2021 4:15:00 PM (No. 722032)
There must be an exemption for People of Color, and also per-mile rebates for people on welfare, so they can earn money toward buying nicer cars with every mile they drive. It's only fair.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: SkeezerMcGee 3/12/2021 4:24:39 PM (No. 722042)
Apply per mile taxes only to vehicles that are not subject to gas taxes. Gas tax rates are at "cents per gallon" and therefore do not fluctuate by the price per gallon. No doubt a formula exists whereby non-gas fueled vehicles will as close as possible mirror the gas taxes for like miles driven.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: columba 3/12/2021 4:40:58 PM (No. 722054)
Once I had to make a 70 mile round trip to a metropolis, so that I cold buy a 16" copper plumbing pipe. There was no bus service, because I do not live in the naval of the universe (NYC)
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Reply 5 - Posted by: 3XALADY 3/12/2021 4:56:21 PM (No. 722074)
So how are they going to collect the tax on gas not being used by millions who are working from home? I bet they find a way. Also, will utilities go down since so many buildings are not being heated or cooled?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: TCloud 3/12/2021 5:22:58 PM (No. 722105)
Predicting $8 per gallon very soon. Then what?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: mc squared 3/12/2021 5:44:47 PM (No. 722116)
You can bet this won't be 'self reported'. It will be monitored so they will know not only how far you drive but where and what days and times. A Republican came up with this, just like Upton did to our light bulbs. Time to throw more than tea overboard, if you ask me.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Tennman 3/12/2021 5:47:24 PM (No. 722120)
OK with that for hybrids and alt fuel since they're the ones skating. Leave petro-based alone. We're hammered enough.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: chance_232 3/12/2021 6:11:00 PM (No. 722134)
A friend and I were discussing this very topic a few weeks ago....when we ran some numbers and found that the cost of owning and operating a coal powered car was higher than a gas powered vehicle. (if you keep it long enough to replace the batteries) The advantage of a gas tax is that you pay it every time you fill up. With a tax by the mile system, you get a bill weekly, monthly, annually. If you drive a hundred to 400 miles a day like I do, that bill could be a real shock. Just wait until businesses have to pony up taxes every month. I have no idea how to solve this issue without pain.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Highvoltage 3/12/2021 7:17:13 PM (No. 722165)
This is how Democrats punish fly over folks who have to drive extra miles and are poorer.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: curious1 3/12/2021 7:28:50 PM (No. 722175)
Ready to play Cowboys and leftards yet?
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Reply 12 - Posted by: RuckusTom 3/12/2021 7:37:15 PM (No. 722180)
Much of the current trend is due to more fuel efficient cars. If electric cars take off, the states' will have to make up for their gas tax.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Venturer 3/12/2021 8:35:38 PM (No. 722208)
In most States if the Road taxes were used for roads there would be some mighty nice roads to drive on. Unfortunately they use the road taxes to subsidize everything in the State BUT the roads.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DVC 3/13/2021 12:49:02 AM (No. 722292)
No thanks. I'm sure that if they do some electronic thing, there will quickly be a way to defeat their device.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: franq 3/13/2021 7:38:01 AM (No. 722452)
Leftist and taxes. Two peas in a pod.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: hoosierblue 3/13/2021 8:00:38 AM (No. 722504)
Sounds ok to me. Why should gas vehicle owners be the only ones that pay.
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