Gas in Atlanta, Georgia increased by three cents per gallon on May 1, 2011 because of an automatic increase. The rate of 10.1 cents per gallon that was set on Jan. 1 went up to 12.9 cents per gallon on May 1, an increase of 2.8 cents, said Ken Heaghney, Georgia’s fiscal economist. There is speculation the cost of gas could rise this summer to about $5.00 per gallon with a large portion of that being taxes… and not gasoline.
At that rate here in metro-Atlanta, it would cost about $150.00 to fill up the family van. It seems it would behoove the metro-Atlanta folks to stop driving so much before they may be strapped with a pay-per-mile tax. If we don’t’ begin to conserve, then we will pay out of our pocketbooks like never before – not for more gas; but more taxes. We will pay more but get less.
According to “The Hill” website there is a suggestion/plan before the Congressional Budget Office that would tax Americans according to the miles that they drive. Don’t those who drive more miles already have to pay more taxes for each gallon at the pump?
Would this totally wipeout small businesses who (as part of their operation), drive to deliver products and services? Would this not drive up the cost of everything? Would this not cause the loss of many more jobs and small businesses?
Delivery charges are now increasing daily for carpet installers, electricians, florist, plumbers, roofers; and… what will this to do on delivery rates from larger companies like UPS and FedX?
The garbage pick-up here in Fayette County went up $3.00 recently because of increased gasoline cost. This will probably be the tip of the iceberg. The furniture store used to deliver for free and now it is $100.00.
And not only is this proposal a total invasion of privacy – you would be forced to allow a device on your auto which would give a report of just how many miles you have driven.
Citizens are taxed when they buy the auto, they pay interest on their loans, they pay state and/or local taxes when they have to pay ad valorem taxes and when they have to pay for a tag. They pay taxes when they fill up at the pump and now they are considering paying for each mile?
A lot of folks are stuck in the homes they have because of the economy and many lost their jobs and had to find one anywhere they could. A lot of people are driving a lot of miles just to get to work where their paycheck is already taxed above reasonable leaving so little for the family to live own. Seniors have not had a raise in two years and not likely to have one next year; yet they pay the same for a gallon of gas or a gallon of milk as the wealthy.
Many Americans wake up every morning with their heads swimming and feel they have had just about enough of change and they are quickly losing hope. This is the stuff revolutions are made of – poverty and suppression.
How much longer will it before we own nothing; we will be just like the people working in the coal mines or cotton mills – we will not owe our soul to the company store; but to the federal government including our state government. Remember States’ Rights? Just exactly what was that?
A piece by Pete Kasperowicz for “The Hill,” states this plan is part of the administrations Transportation Opportunities Act. These bills and acts have names that seem more like communist every day.
Reports from the White House states the bill is only an early draft and is not an administration proposal per Jennifer Psaki, a spokesperson for the White House.
The tracking device proposed by the CBO would require an electronic device would track the miles driven and payment would take place at the service station.
There is a related article
The office would be required to consider four factors in field trials: the capability of states to enforce payment, the reliability of technology, administrative costs and “user acceptance.” The draft does not specify where field trials should begin.
The new government office to study and implement this tax would be funded $300 million a year until the year 2017. That would be $180 million in cost.
Other related articles: http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/automobiles/159475-white-house-disowns-plan-to-tax-car-mileage
The Twitter Room at “The Hill” http://thehill.com/blogs/twitter-room/other-news/159573-gopers-tweet-opposition-to-car-mileage-tax