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OR: Lawmakers Could Look at Pay-by-the-Mile Transportation Tax in 2017

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 Cinnamon    24,832

This has been considered by the miscreants in government as a way of further raping taxpayers of their hard earned money. Another way to take take take from you. Soon we will have NO disposable income and you'll be lucky to have food and a place to live if they have their way. Government will tax you until you tell them NO MORE!  They are bottomless pits of fraud, waste and abuse of funding. It's time to stop these monsters.  This is going to totally destroy some people. Toll roads are bad enough, they're damned expensive here in California!  If this goes through in one state, the rest of the states will meet this same fate.  So, we get more fuel efficient cars and the gluttons want to feed at the trough a whole new way! 

A new tax based on how much people drive could be among the transportation funding ideas lawmakers consider in 2017, according to a member of the task force exploring the idea.

The Oregon Department of Transportation launched a pilot project last July to test the pay-by-the-mile tax. Vicki Berger, a former Republican representative from Salem and member of the task force, said the state needs new revenue to supplement or replace the gas tax because drivers are paying less as cars become more fuel-efficient.

"Everybody who's ever looked at this comes to, 'Well why not pay per mile instead of on the fuel?'" Berger said, before noting the rise of cars that run solely on electricity. "The famous Tesla pays no taxes to drive on your roads, and that's not going to be viable."

Berger said the task force plans to release recommendations in September for legislation to charge the mileage tax on certain vehicles -- perhaps only on specific types of vehicles or all new cars sold after a future date.

Oregon was the first state to test the concept, and California and Washington are now preparing to launch their own pilot programs. Yet the pilot program designed to test the program has fallen short of its enrollment goal, despite the transportation department spending at least $6.4 million on the project according to a state application for federal funds.

As the one-year anniversary approaches, the state has enrolled only 891 drivers, a fraction of the 5,000 volunteers state officials hoped to sign up for the program. Michelle Godfrey, an education and outreach coordinator for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said she did not know how many participants the state needed to properly vet the system.





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