When states decided to pay for their infrastructure with gas taxes and then push incentives to get drivers into electric vehicles that don’t use gasoline, the obvious happened, gas tax revenues fell. Now states are looking for new ways to tax drivers. Per-mile taxes appear to be the most popular choice. One problem with mileage taxation is a complete loss of privacy to the state. Ken Martin reports for Fox Business:
States are looking for ways to keep the funds coming in order to maintain the nation’s roads.
Gas taxes have been used for more than a century for the purpose.
The problem that has developed is those taxes are generating less each year due to inflation, fuel efficiency and the rise of electric cars.
States are experimenting with various ideas that could eventually replace those taxes.
One proposal that seems to be gaining in popularity would be to charge drivers by the mile instead of the gallon.
Other ideas that have been presented include taxing electricity from public vehicle charging stations.
Another is to tack charges onto door-to-door package deliveries.
States are now weighing whether to start making the programs mandatory.
In 2015, Oregon began a pilot program charging motorists by the distance their vehicle travels rather than the gas it guzzles.
To participate, drivers plug a device into their vehicle and create an account to capture mileage data.
Action Line: Does anyone want their state more involved in their lives? Per-mile taxes may be more efficient and better targeted than per-gallon taxation, but state governments can’t be allowed to turn the system into a virtual Panopticon for monitoring the movements of residents. Click here to sign up for my free monthly Survive & Thrive letter and become a Survivor.
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