Saturday, March 21, 2009
Pawlenty Per Mile Tax
Pawlenty wants to "test" a mileage tax. MPR:
State officials say Minnesota is working on a pilot program to test the idea of charging drivers for each mile they drive. Other states around the country are considering a vehicle mileage tax, as revenues from the gas tax are expected to decline.
But as cars and trucks get better mileage, the gas tax isn't keeping pace with the need for roads and road work. So another option is gaining traction in Minnesota -- a high-tech mileage-based user fee.
"We realize that in the future, cars aren't going to be powered by fuel, probably," said Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who signed into law $5 million for the current biennium to study the mileage tax.
"They're going to be powered by different things, perhaps including hydrogen fuel cells, potentially plug-in electrics, potentially other sources of energy," Pawlenty said. "So we need to think about how we're going to pay for transportation down the road."
Part of the problem is that the gas tax is siphoned off for mass transportation which, obviously, takes money away from upkeep of the roads and highways.
Hey. I have idea. Why not levy a special tax on those who drive non-oil based vehicles? They're the ones skating by without contributing their fair share. They're using the highways and roads but not paying a gasoline tax. Tax them. Tax them a lot! It's their fault. My suggestion simply LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD.
As critical as I am of the ACLU on this blog, I would hope they see the liberties involved in installing a GPS into our cars that tracks our mileage. And if it's a GPS device, the government is going to know where we go, when we go there and how much time we spend doing whatever we do.
No. Tax per mile must never come to pass.
Contact Gov. Pawlenty, and contact him often, and let him know you're against this:
To contact Governor Tim Pawlenty and Lt. Governor Carol Molnau, please write, phone, fax or e-mail.
Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Other ways to reach our office:
Telephone: (651) 296-3391
Toll Free: (800) 657-3717
Facsimile: (651) 296-2089
Be polite, be respectful in your manner, but tell them you are against the per mile tax. We have to start now, before the ball gets rolling. Encourage your friends and family to contact the Gov and their Reps as well.
I am not going to pay it anyway. They would simply have to arrest me to get that money. Then force me to work in their labor camps. I refuse to pay any more.
Just one little question, where are the spending cuts? You can increase revenue or cut spending or a combination of both. Where are the spending cuts? FUCKTARDS.
Tax Cuts? In Minnesota? Oh, no, the ruling liberal elites are talking about raising taxes and removing the property tax cap. The school...they must be broken and out of money. Lil Sally and Johnny ain't got no books or test tubes. But they have a fine pacifistic attitude toward criminals, sexual pervert and 'dem "peaceful" Mooslims, oh yeah, you betcha.
This state is fucked. Is yours anyway better? Should I consider relocating there?
David, your head would explode if you saw some of the shit that happens here.
My head has exploded so many times over the past 12 months I don't think there's any explosivity remaining in it.
WTF is conservative about that? The entire idea with conservatism is that people should manage the government, not the other way around.
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