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Center for American Progress wants mileage-based highway fee
The Hill ^ | 07/11/14 12:08 PM EDT | Keith Laing

Posted on 07/11/2014 2:51:20 PM PDT by robowombat

Center for American Progress wants mileage-based highway fee

By Keith Laing - 07/11/14 12:08 PM EDT

The Center for American Progress is calling for Congress to ditch the federal gas tax in lieu of a system where drivers pay fees for road construction based on how many miles they travel.

The proposed mileage-based system has been controversial in previous transportation funding debates because critics question how government would monitor the traveling habits of drivers without infringing upon their privacy.

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But the Center for American Progress said Friday that taxing drivers based on how far they drive is a much more sustainable system than the current 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax. With people driving more fuel-efficient cars, the gas tax isn't bringing in enough money and Congress is scrambling to reach a deal to prevent a cut-off in federal road repair funds.

The mileage-based taxation system was one of four recommendations made Friday by the Center for American Progress, which was founded by White House adviser John Podesta.

The group’s other ideas included a 15-cent gas tax hike to “stabilize” federal highway funding, which would be used to transition government away from the gas tax, and a $100 million mileage-based fee pilot program in 10-15 states.

The recommendations come as Congress is moving toward approving a temporary stopgap that would infuse about $10 billion into the Department of Transportation’s beleaguered Highway Trust Fund.

The gas tax has been the traditional source for funding for the trust fund since it was created in the 1950s. It hasn't been hiked since 1993.

Budget analysts have predicted a $16 billion shortfall next year between gas tax revenue and what Congress wants to spend on roads. The gas tax typically brings in about $34 billion per year, compared with $50 billion in annual road and transit spending.

The Transportation department has warned that it would have to cut its funding to states by 28 percent if Congress does not act quickly to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

Center for American Progress Director of Infrastructure Policy Kevin DeGood said it was time for Congress to look for other funding sources besides the gas tax if it hopes to craft a meaningful long-term transportation funding bill.

“For too long, Congress avoided addressing our transportation funding problem,” he said. “Americans need a long-term solution. Mileage fees offer an equitable and effective way to provide for our transportation needs.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: agenda21; nwo; rulingelite; soros; sustainability
This is more than just another leftist enviro two man 'think taank' policy paper. CAP is the voice of the Dem establishment. Look for people like Warren and Levin to pick this ball up and try to get it on the radar in the Senate. It is the first shot in the battle to get this garbage into the legislative cycle. Watch for momentum to be built over the next few years, using the usual iron triangle spin.
1 posted on 07/11/2014 2:51:20 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat

liberals bent on killing the economy by any means


2 posted on 07/11/2014 2:53:09 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: robowombat

When the revolution comes everyone with “progress” in their names will be the first up against the wall.


3 posted on 07/11/2014 2:54:41 PM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: robowombat

Americans want watch the Center for American Progress beheaded on YouTube.


4 posted on 07/11/2014 2:55:58 PM PDT by The Toll
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To: thorvaldr

The lamp posts demand to be ‘decorated’.


5 posted on 07/11/2014 2:56:06 PM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: robowombat
The Center for American Progress is calling for Congress to ditch the federal gas tax in lieu of a system where drivers pay fees for road construction based on how many miles they travel.

The gas tax charges for the number of miles driven. You don't drive, you don't buy gas, you don't pay tax.

6 posted on 07/11/2014 2:56:24 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: robowombat

Geez, all those poor lefties who bought elcetric cars or hybrids are now going to have to pay anyway.


7 posted on 07/11/2014 2:56:55 PM PDT by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: robowombat

Fly-over country?

“We don’t need no stinkin’ Fly-over Country”!

/S


8 posted on 07/11/2014 2:58:39 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: robowombat

“The law of unintended consequences” bites again.


9 posted on 07/11/2014 2:59:19 PM PDT by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: robowombat

Name me ONE thing that the politicians and Government at any level doesn’t tax either directly or indirectly?

Enough I say! These people need to go on a tax diet and live within a reasonable income and budget.


10 posted on 07/11/2014 2:59:34 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: FatherofFive

“The gas tax charges for the number of miles driven. You don’t drive, you don’t buy gas, you don’t pay tax. “

I get 10 mpg. I pay four times per mile the driver of a Prius.


11 posted on 07/11/2014 2:59:51 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: FatherofFive

You make perfect sense. But clearly the liberals cant understand your logic.


12 posted on 07/11/2014 3:00:57 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: thorvaldr

Yep!


13 posted on 07/11/2014 3:02:53 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: robowombat

I’ve been looking at Kerry Bentivolio’s ROAR act but I’m not sure what to think of it. It sounds like he’s talking about doing away with the highway trust fund and selling highway bonds to each state to take them out of federal control.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B38FezZsDgvbSWlVRGktcVA1NFR1MDJsa2pqclNkckEyM0RJ/edit


14 posted on 07/11/2014 3:03:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: robowombat

This is a direct attack on those who live in rural areas and the exurbs as they must drive on the highways and for longer distances than city people who can use surface streets or mass transit.


15 posted on 07/11/2014 3:04:59 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: robowombat

At one time I would have laughed at anyone who thought this could ever happen. Well, I’m not laughing anymore.

Took my grandson for a walk in his stroller, and had the canopy up so he could get some sun. It occurred to me that I wouldn’t be surprised if that someday became illegal.


16 posted on 07/11/2014 3:05:37 PM PDT by jonathonandjennifer
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To: robowombat

These people are REALLY asking for it.


17 posted on 07/11/2014 3:09:09 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: robowombat

Beward toll roads and mileage taxes.

Your ability to travel is at stake here.

These people will not be happy until they charge you enough you’ll give up your vehicle.

I don’t think people have any idea how much money is collected in gas taxes. Equally, I doubt they have any idea how much of that money is stolen to pay for other grand Leftist ideas.

It’s time we simply say no, to new taxation.

They get enough. The theft of our buck stops here.


18 posted on 07/11/2014 3:12:36 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: jonathonandjennifer

How could mileage be verified?

Will this require an entire department of inspectors?

Will speedometer reprogramming become a felony offense?


19 posted on 07/11/2014 3:12:56 PM PDT by research99
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To: umgud

Since they pay nothing toward roads via gas tax anybody with a coal-powered electric car should have to pay back the huge taxpayer subsidy they got and send it straight to the DOT.


20 posted on 07/11/2014 3:15:53 PM PDT by digger48
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To: research99

Why should we care what this Hillary-backing organization wants?


21 posted on 07/11/2014 3:18:41 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: FatherofFive
You don't drive, you don't buy gas, you don't pay tax.

yea, so we get to subsidize even more dollars because of trains, planes, and buses. Lots of people take planes for vacations where a lot of people do not have the money to do so.

22 posted on 07/11/2014 3:20:13 PM PDT by Snoopers-868th
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To: robowombat

There is enough money for roads. The problem is that the politicians haven’t spent the money on roads.


23 posted on 07/11/2014 3:21:02 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: TexasGator
I get 10 mpg. I pay four times per mile the driver of a Prius.

And that is how government continues to grow. We need the bureau of relative mileage to tax according to the number miles driven

24 posted on 07/11/2014 3:21:59 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: robowombat

Leftist trojan but actually how roads should have been funded all along; fuel taxes don’t accurately reflect usage or road wear.


25 posted on 07/11/2014 3:22:58 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Lacrosse- Canada's national sport, like hockey only violent)
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To: FatherofFive
The gas tax charges for the number of miles driven.

Not exactly. As a vehicle becomes more fuel-efficient, it produces less tax revenue while not reducing wear on the roads nearly as much, and not reducing space taken up at all. If someone drives an electric car, they're freeloading completely on the system.

The idea of a user fee is actually a profoundly conservative idea. Don't want to pay for the roads? Then don't drive.

I don't know enough about this proposal to support it, but the basic idea of roads paid for by user fees is a good one.

26 posted on 07/11/2014 3:24:46 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: jonathonandjennifer

I will be irritated if someone wants to tax me for using my gas grill, when natural gas is a cleaner combustible fuel than gasoline or charcoal, all because my use of natural gas on the grill emits CO2


27 posted on 07/11/2014 3:27:07 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Squawk 8888

They also don’t likely raise the kinds of funds needed for road maintenance, either?


28 posted on 07/11/2014 3:28:46 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Morpheus2009

I am “calling for” the Center for American Progress to be exiled from America for their self-righteous stupidity.


29 posted on 07/11/2014 3:31:13 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: robowombat

Need to find a way to tax leftism. Budget deficits would disappear for a long time.

They could just raise the gas tax, but they don’t want to call it that anymore. People get mad when they can see the price.


30 posted on 07/11/2014 3:31:30 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (HELL, NO! BE UNGOVERNABLE! --- ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: Oliviaforever

” a direct attack on those who live in rural areas and the exurbs as they must drive on the highways and for longer distances than city people “

Well,,,,, you’re supposed to move into the city!


31 posted on 07/11/2014 3:37:26 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

Gas prices effect pretty much all other goods you can buy via transportation and fuel costs. Even with the new fuel cell trucks, it does cost to get the electricity to obtain the hydrogen and oxygen to fill the fuel cell.


32 posted on 07/11/2014 3:46:43 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: research99
How could mileage be verified?

I smell a huge project to build thousands of federal motor vehicle inspection stations, staffed by unionized employees making fedgov wages and benefits.

33 posted on 07/11/2014 3:52:38 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: robowombat

Typical liberal BS. First, they want us to drive fuel efficient cars “for the environment” and then they scratch their heads we people do and buy less gallons of fuel that is taxed.

So to maintain their greedy worthless asses in taxpayer funded salaries until they die they come up with another idea. They are never happy and then accuse conservatives of the same (Obama’s border speech when he said “we built their fence, do they want a moat? Alligators in the moat?” which are all lies).

Reminds me when we used paper sacks for groceries and the liberal whiners wanted us to shift to plastic to “save the trees” and now whine about plastics and demand we use cloth bags. Then they’ll find something wrong with those (bacteria for sure) and ‘demand’ we use something else. I’d bet good money it will be back to paper. Post consumer of course!

I truly hate liberals and wish they all just died.


34 posted on 07/11/2014 3:53:30 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Of course they don’t since the money is all in general revenue. They collect more than enough in gas taxes to take care of the roads (state and federal) but notice how the liberals are always lying and whining that the “highway funds” are depleted?

Wake Up America!! Stop believing their lies.


35 posted on 07/11/2014 3:57:40 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: research99

Tampering with speedometers is illegal in most states.

In TN we have to get a yearly emissions inspection to renew the vehicle tags. They get the mileage then. Easy to calculate the miles driven from one year to the next.

Most states already do this. I’m not advocating this type of tax just pointing out it wouldn’t take a huge new agency to do it.


36 posted on 07/11/2014 3:59:39 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: robowombat

Change the CAP description to Marxist leftist two man think tank. Actually the Soros funded CAP has scores, if not hundreds of serious marxists/socialists on their staff/as Fellows, including (past and present, Morton Halperin, Robert Borosage (IPS), and Van Jones.

They are as dangerous a marxist think tank cancer as is the older Institute for Policy Studies from which Borosage and many other CAPers came from.


37 posted on 07/11/2014 4:09:34 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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Although, it makes more sense to have a tax based on both vehicle weight and miles driven to use for maintenance of roads, does anybody believe for a second that a) it will replace or even reduce the gas tax, or b) any new funds generated from such a tax would actually be used to mantain roads. Yeah, and lottery money funds k-12 education


38 posted on 07/11/2014 4:13:59 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%i)
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To: robowombat

The solution is so obvious, just tax the rich.


39 posted on 07/11/2014 4:17:31 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12;32)
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To: Sherman Logan

The statists keep pushing this idea. It has nothing to do with revenue or maintaining roads. Libs could care less about roads.

This is a way for them to force full time GPS monitoring on every vehicle. They want to be able to charge you based on where and when you drive. They also want to track your every move and know who you associate with. They want to be able to give you automatic tickets for speeding or parking too long.

There is nothing “conservative” about it. It is Big Brother’s dream to force this on us.


40 posted on 07/11/2014 6:04:02 PM PDT by BigBobber (`)
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This is a way for them to force full time GPS monitoring on every vehicle. They want to be able to charge you based on where and when you drive. They also want to track your every move and know who you associate with. They want to be able to give you automatic tickets for speeding or parking too long.

All it would take is passing the law and then contracting with Google. Where do you think all that instant traffic data on Google Maps comes from?

Which brings up the question of what company might be lobbying behind CAP for this law...

41 posted on 07/11/2014 6:48:16 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: BigBobber

The idea of user fees to pay for necessary services is entirely conservative.

Which doesn’t mean particular (supposed) implementations of the notion are anything of the kind.


42 posted on 07/11/2014 6:51:19 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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