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Democrat Congressman: Tax Drivers for Every Mile They Drive
CNS News ^ | July 11, 2014 | Penny Starr

Posted on 07/12/2014 12:35:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

While the House and the Senate this week issued measures intended to temporarily replenish the Highway Trust Fund before it runs out of money next month, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) ended the week by proposing to hike - then abolish - the federal fuel tax and replace it with a per-mile “fee.”

“The policy development that I’m most excited about and that will reinforce the right practices for the future: After we raise the gas tax, we should abolish it,” Blumenauer said on Friday at the liberal Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. “The time is right to replace the gas tax, because it’s no longer an accurate reflection of road use and benefit because of these wildly changing fuel consumption patterns, and replace it with a vehicle mile travel fee regardless of the choice of vehicle fuel.

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“That technology is available,” said Blumenauer, whose home state of Oregon has already had pilot vehicle mile travel fee programs in place for a decade.

And although Blumenauer did not take questions at the event, he attempted to deflect criticism about the vehicle mile travel fee being disadvantageous to rural Americans who not only don’t have access to public transportation but also need cars or trucks to operate their businesses.

“That’s exactly the reverse of reality,” Blumenauer said. “Our continued reliance on single-occupant vehicles in too much of America and on gallons of fuel consumed to pay for it places rural and small town Americans at a significant disadvantage, because today too many of them have no alternatives to driving.

Blumenauer said “gas-sipping” people who drive hybrid or electric cars tend to be urban-dwelling and more affluent, while rural Americans tend to drive less fuel-efficient cars.

“They are caught at the opposite end of this transportation spending spiral – paying more and more while the rest pay less and less,” Blumenauer said.

The debate in Congress about how to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent has been going on for decades, and the current federal gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon has not been increased since 1993, according to the Department of Transportation.

Many proposals have been made over the years, including by Blumenauer, who last year held a press conference to announce his plan for increasing the federal fuel tax to 33.4 cents a gallon for gas and 42.8 cents a gallon for diesel, according to a Dec. 4, 2013 Washington Post report.

“Every credible independent report indicates that we are not meeting the demands of our stressed and decaying infrastructure system — roads, bridges and transit,” Blumenauer said in the Washington Post article. “Congress hasn’t dealt seriously with the funding issue for 20 years.

“With inflation and increased fuel efficiency, especially for some types of vehicles, there is no longer a good relationship between what road users pay and how much they benefit,” Blumenauer said.

Also in December 2013, Blumenauer introduced H.R. 3638, the Road Usage Fee Pilot Program Act of 2013, to enact a mileage-based federal gas tax. The bill was referred to committee.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the House put forth measures to replenish funding for the Highway Trust Fund’s road, bridge and mass transit projects by transferring $10.8 billion in transportation funds using “financing mechanisms unrelated to transportation.” That bill would extend funding through May 2015.

The Senate voted Thursday to use similar funding strategies but also included language to improve compliance with existing laws not related to transportation such as collecting delinquent Medicare payments from health care providers and tightening rules for mortgage-interest deductions, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Blumenauer said at CAP that higher taxes are needed to improve the U.S. infrastructure.

“America is literally falling apart, while we’re fast losing what used to be a competitive edge with superior infrastructure,” Blumenauer said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Travel
KEYWORDS: automobiles; gas; gasoline; taxes
I will not comply. Got that, Earl?!
1 posted on 07/12/2014 12:35:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tax members of Congress for every word they say.


2 posted on 07/12/2014 12:37:27 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just tie into their cell phones into a simple word counting voice recognition software and build an interface of payroll deductions into the payroll system.


3 posted on 07/12/2014 12:39:35 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Way to help the poor!


4 posted on 07/12/2014 12:41:46 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You could keep the highway fund solvent by spending the money only on the highway, and not on pet projects.


5 posted on 07/12/2014 12:47:02 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Blumenauer needs to be fitted with an electronic tether.


6 posted on 07/12/2014 1:02:57 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I got a better idea. Tax Democrats for every word they spew.


7 posted on 07/12/2014 1:11:26 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Better idea: Get rid of ALL Democrats running for Congress this November. We wouldn’t need so many taxes then.


8 posted on 07/12/2014 1:22:43 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tax Congresscritters for every stupid idea they try to drive done out throats


9 posted on 07/12/2014 1:25:08 AM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: clearcarbon

It’s a gimmick-driven concept. You’d have to have some gear tied into the vehicle and counting. Of course, there’s only one or two companies selling such a gimmick and this guy is probably getting some campaign funds from one of them.

I will note this too....it wouldn’t take much work to disconnect such a device.....pay $5 a year for fake mileage, just to get out of the $400 that I pay currently for state/federal gas taxes built into the cost of filling up. So I could see a reason to go this way, and cut billions out of the federal grip. Course, they’d wake up a year later and realize the public had gotten around their scheme, and they were seriously hurting from a lack of tax revenue.

And I should note this...I’m from Alabama where five-percent of the state ‘roads’ are still unpaved. Would you be tracking my mileage on dirt roads and making me pay for dirt road transit?


10 posted on 07/12/2014 1:39:47 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What happened to the trillion dollars in porkulus money you a**holes already took from us for roads and bridges, Blumenauer? Oh yeah, that's right..."green jobs" and union paybacks,

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

11 posted on 07/12/2014 1:49:14 AM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: pepsionice

No you would not need a gear on the car

It would work like an auto toll tag and only require a RFID tag on the windshield. The charge would be debited from a bank account though an auto pay system like a toll road.

I have been saying this was coming to the electric car crowd for a long time. A lot of the cost of gasoline is actually road tax. Tesla and Leaf drivers don’t pay that tax. Hybrid drivers pay much less than their fair share.

The issue is not the revenue it would raise but that it effectively tracks your movements. The other issue is that it would be you account that that is debited even if you loaned the car to someone.

Of course this would also kill off electric cars because if the drivers have to pay the road tax the extra cost of the car would not be justifiable. So I guess there is a silver lining to everything


12 posted on 07/12/2014 1:55:27 AM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How is this suppose to work? As it is now EVERYBODY that drives a car pays gas tax when they fill up. Under this VMT you pay gas tax when you file your taxes. What about the half of America that doesn’t file taxes? Does that mean the rest of us as usual have to foot the bill for everyone?


13 posted on 07/12/2014 2:04:04 AM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Okay, IF he adds a rider for those that fly back and forth to their home states from DC - personally pay an air-miles tax directly on their income tax returns.


14 posted on 07/12/2014 2:43:35 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: PieterCasparzen

Let’s adjust user fares for urban mass transit to the true cost of providing the service and make the gas tax money siphoned off for mass transit available for highway projects. The good progressives using mass transit should pay its full cost and the people using highways should pay for the roads via the gas tax or tolls. What could be more fair?

Another option would be to abolish the federal gas tax and turn over highway financing and maintenance to the states and private toll roads. Doing so would eliminate the billions spent on the federal highway bureaucracy.


15 posted on 07/12/2014 2:50:16 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Democratic goal has always been to move everybody (except them) into tiny city centers where we can all walk to work or ride the bus.

There are several “sustainable” (I choke on that word) “communities” (there’s another) in the Florida panhandle. The houses are on zero lot lines. They were incredibly expensive as they’re the housing equivalent of a Prius. At night they look like giant parking lots. Everybody is supposed to park in a garage behind the house, but the houses are small and the garages have been turned to other uses. These are the slums of tomorrow today. Anybody who bought into them will lose out in the long run. But, for a while, they got that leg-tingling feeling of being “sustainable.”


16 posted on 07/12/2014 3:05:28 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When are we going to tax private airplanes, such as those owned by Pelosi and Gore?


17 posted on 07/12/2014 3:06:22 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
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To: faithhopecharity

We’d fix the debt problem in six months.


18 posted on 07/12/2014 3:07:07 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No...

This falls directly under unreasonable search and seizure.

They want to know every mile you drive, where you went and when you do it. (It’s only fair ya’ know).

And on top of this they will still insist on a gasoline tax.

At this rate we’ll all need to wear pedometers so they can tax every step we make because it effects ‘something’ somewhere.


19 posted on 07/12/2014 4:23:01 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is this the dickhead with the bicycle on his lapel??


20 posted on 07/12/2014 4:38:30 AM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: Soul of the South

It’s a racket, as they say.

Here in NJ, we spend, per mile more the twice as much as the next state in spending per mile, California.

I think we’re something like 8x the average or so.

Well, set up a Federal spending program, have the mob do the work, and gee, what could go wrong ?

Granted, NJ does have drastic weather changes and tons of traffic, but that simply means roads should be constructed to handle the load.

Newark NJ’s airport’s runways are massively thick concrete with good beds under them. They take the beating of airplane takeoffs and landings fine.

There are roads made by the Romans that are still usable today.

Here in NJ for our highways, we make sure they need to be reworked every few years.

We allllwwways have some cones up somewhere.

Wink, nod, etc.

Of course, mass transit, that’s the special domain of new world order elite finance. It’s all about taking a cut of the whole operation via interest on bonds, having quasi-governmental “authorities” set up for patronage and power, keeping out all competition, etc. They like to ship their sheeple on trains, they have since the early 1800’s. Look up the Great Western Railway in the UK; Richard Potter, railroad magnate - his daughter was the patroness of Fabian Socialism.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Potter_%28businessman%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatrice_Webb

Great Western issued millions in railway bonds, had great political influence, etc. Same deal as today in America.

Great communist that she was, Beatrice somehow never gave up her own wealth, strange as it was.

People in the future will be just as “mystified” about how Hollywood elites talk about all their green energy, yet fly in private jets, live in massive mansions, etc.


21 posted on 07/12/2014 4:47:13 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

Hell I had to drive 60 miles one way just to get to work...very seldom less than 15.... Commercial construction..


22 posted on 07/12/2014 4:49:14 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Fai Mao

and only require a RFID tag on the windshield.
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I’d love that ... I’d visit a lot with gov’t owned vehicles , interrogate their RFID tags and make clones ... I’ll be rich within a month.


23 posted on 07/12/2014 4:50:36 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Gen.Blather

They want us in city centers alright. But that is only to control us and make us easily accessible at slaughter time. The Nazis did that to the Jews in Eastern and Western Europe. They moved them to Warsaw, Poland until space at the death camps became available. Nothing new here. Names change, but the methods remain the same.


24 posted on 07/12/2014 4:52:47 AM PDT by sport
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is one thing to tax the operation of a motor vehicle by the mile, it is another thing to do so by requiring a GPS tracking device. The danger here is that in the process of taxation, government also destroys the right to travel in private.


25 posted on 07/12/2014 5:33:32 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would like to see the total amount of any kind taken if for the funding of highway upkeep. Then I’d like to see the total amount spent on upkeep only....no bureaucratic salaries, no pensions, no advertising. I just want the total amount spent on actual construction projects.


26 posted on 07/12/2014 5:37:11 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Soul of the South

“Another option would be to abolish the federal gas tax and turn over highway financing and maintenance to the states and private toll roads.”

Winner, winner! Chicken Dinner!


27 posted on 07/12/2014 5:46:16 AM PDT by outofsalt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And will the Republicans use this in the coming elections, to attack democraps GENERALLY... sadly, most won’t even think of doing it and those few who do will shy away from it.


28 posted on 07/12/2014 5:52:04 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The purpose of fuel efficient cars is to use less fuel, the incentive (besides "saving the planet") is saving money.
If you remove that incentive, then only a few eco-nuts will bother paying extra for hybrid cars.

29 posted on 07/12/2014 6:19:54 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BitWielder1

So, I pay 18.4 cents a gallon tax on my gasoline. 10 gallon tank, $1.84 per tank. 300 miles per tank. Basically I pay 1.63 cents per mile in taxes already.

How much per mile do they want to charge me after they eliminate the gas tax and go with a per mile tax?

Funny how they don’t mention that.


30 posted on 07/12/2014 6:30:02 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That technology is available,” said Blumenauer, whose home state of Oregon has already had pilot vehicle mile travel fee programs in place for a decade.

Ha...they tried this in Germany....a GPS system to tax trucks in transit around and through Germany...

Big FAIL...they spent multi millions of dollars and abandoned the project.

31 posted on 07/12/2014 7:01:48 AM PDT by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: All

Yes... add GPS trackers and then your little tin foil hats will work wonders when placed appropriately...:^)


32 posted on 07/12/2014 9:50:06 AM PDT by az_gila
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