Miles-driven tax vs. gas tax

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Registered: 10-25-2006
Miles-driven tax vs. gas tax
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Sat, 02-06-2010 - 10:06pm

As vehicles become more fuel efficient gas tax revenues are falling, leaving transportation departments short of funds for needed road construction/repair. Would you support a tax on miles driven, as described in this article? What other alternatives are there if we are to maintain our roads?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/05/AR2010020504790_3.html?hpid=topnews

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2009
Sat, 02-06-2010 - 10:27pm
Well the gas price has gone up here alot.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-27-2009
Sat, 02-06-2010 - 10:40pm
Falling from what?
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-10-2006
Sat, 02-06-2010 - 10:46pm

Would you support a tax on miles driven, as described in this article?


No I wouldn't.

 


 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-01-2010
Sun, 02-07-2010 - 5:30am
That is the purported basis for the camera system now used in Britain...and being proposed for California...to track vehicle mileage for taxation.
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-25-2006
Sun, 02-07-2010 - 8:29am

Thanks. After reading several of the articles about the vehicle tax being proposed in the Netherlands, Great Britain, CA and Oregon I've concluded the gas tax should simply be raised to pay for road repairs now paid for with the dwindling gas tax revenues. To go through all the hassles and expense of developing a GPS system to track mileage and rework the gax tax, in an attempt to hide the fact that it's a tax, is ridiculous.

We're paying less in gas tax now because of increasing fuel efficiency and fewer miles driven because of the recession; raising the gas tax would only bring us back to the level we were paying before.

As it is, each state has it's own gas tax. People can choose to live in a different state if they don't like the high taxes in their states. And the federal gas tax is like any other federal tax--none of us benefits from every single thing we pay for through taxes. I don't want our transportation dept. to stop plowing roads and fixing potholes just because we're driving fuel efficient cars and making two trips to the grocery store per week, rather than five. And we're called the "United" states for a reason. Let those states whose citizens don't want to pay federal taxes secede.

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2009
Sun, 02-07-2010 - 9:19pm

United yes not dependant.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 02-07-2010 - 9:45pm

I'd like to correct some misperceptions of the federal gas tax. Most of the tax goes to the US Highway Trust Fund. Most of the money in this account goes toward maintenance of the interstate highway system. 2.5 cents goes toward federal deficit reduction (a law passed under President GHW Bush). The increase to the current 18.4 cents per gallon (under Clinton) included 4.3 additional cents toward federal deficit reduction, but that was changed and now that increase goes toward the HTF.

2.86 cents per gallon go toward the Mass Transit Account of the HTF. A small amount goes to the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund.

Diesel fuel pays a higher tax, 24.4 cents per gallon.

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Sandy
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2009
Sun, 02-07-2010 - 9:53pm

So fed taxes on gas have no affect on plowing roads etc on a local level?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-15-2009
Sun, 02-07-2010 - 11:43pm

I prefer states rights over federal standards....


iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 02-08-2010 - 8:47am
That is correct. Your state, county, or city take care of local roads. Federal gas tax takes care of the interstate highway system. If you live in an area that has no interstate highways, you probably see very little of that money.

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Sandy

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