If You Live In 1 Of These States, You’ll Soon Be Paying Per MILE To Drive… This Is Ridiculous
Four loopy East Coast states planned to procure the money needed to upgrade their ailing transportation infrastructures by taxing motorists per mile they drive.
“Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Hampshire are proposing pilots to figure out how they might charge motorists a fee for the miles they travel — rather than taxing their gas, as state and federal officials do today,” The Washington Post reported.
The four states first planned to run a test of sorts by setting up the policies and technologies needed to count the miles and then tagging 50 recruits to pretty much just drive around and accrue taxes.
At the end of each month, the states would then send “faux invoices” to the willing guinea pigs and use all the data collected to judge the feasibility of this otherwise outrageous idea.
Why outrageous? Because according to polling by the Mineta Transportation Institute, an average of 52 to 77 percent of Americans opposed the idea, though opposition decreased somewhat when the mileage tax rate was linked to how much a car pollutes.
Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Hampshire remained unconvinced by these stats, however, and maintained that such a tax was simply necessary.
“Reliance on the gas tax as a major contributor to funding transportation is no longer a viable option,” said Jennifer Cohan, Delaware’s secretary of transportation, noting that the federal gas tax rate has remained steady at 18.4 cents since 1993.
It apparently has never occurred to officials like Cohan that perhaps states like hers should simply cut unnecessary spending, such as for example the billions upon billions that they waste on frequently abused welfare programs.
Moreover, with government incompetence running so high in this day and age of Barack Hussein Obama, it also stands to reason that even with this absurd tax imposed on the people, the infrastructures of these states would still remain shoddy. Why should residents expect state politicians to spend this revenue any more wisely than the money they’re already getting?
H/T The Daily Caller