» News

New pay-per-mile scheme would boost taxes 250 percent

Home - by - January 15, 2013 - 09:30 America/New_York - 14 Comments

Washington Examiner

An on-again, off-again move by the Obama administration to scrap the federal gas tax in favor of a pay-per-mile fee would boost the tab to Americans as high as 250 percent, raising their current tax of 18.4 cents a gallon to as high as 46 cents, according to a new government study.

But without a tax increase, said the Government Accountability Office  study, the government’s highway fund is going to go dry. One reason the fund is going broke: President Obama’s push for fuel efficient cars has resulted in better mileage, and fewer stops at the pump.

The GAO study is just the latest review of federal spending that paints a grim picture of the nation’s infrastructure. Just keeping spending at current levels, the GAO said, would require a near doubling of the gas tax to 32 cents a gallon, and that would jump to as high as 46 cents should the federal government add spending to fix crumbling infrastructure and build new roads.

The average driver pays about $96 a year in federal gas taxes, said GAO. Should the administration seek to raise the highway trust fund from $34 billion to the $78 billion needed to fix and maintain roads, that could rise to $248. Translated into a pay-per-mile plan, drivers would face a tax of 2.2 cents per mile compared to the 0.9 cents they pay now. Trucks would pay far more.

more

» 14 Comments

  1. BILL

    January 15th, 2013

    couldn’t we cover the highway fund increase by just not letting the ebt cards be used at strip clubs and casinos?

    only country i know of that has fat starving poor people with cell phones.

    Thumb up +8

     
  2. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 15th, 2013

    Wait. WAIT!!

    If they do that they’ll quit charging the federal tax at the pump, won’t they?

    Hey, loser. No, they won’t.

    What they will do is require installation of a behavior monitor/transmitter in every vehicle, like the toll-paying SunPass(in FL), which would make Orwell look tame. Idiots with Progressive Insurance (even tho I like Flo) already know all about this.

    Thumb up +4

     
  3. Sea-Bass

    January 15th, 2013

    I have to make a correction to this article. In the article it states… “An on-again, off-again move by the Obama administration to scrap the federal gas tax in favor of a pay-per-mile fee”…The current tax will not be scrapped, this will be on top of the current tax.

    Thumb up +3

     
  4. Claudia

    January 15th, 2013

    “A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold”

    1969 song “I wish we’d all been ready” by Larry Norman (taken from the Bible in Revelation 6:6 where it basically says a day’s wages will be required for enough wheat to make a loaf of bread).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1FcTKNXlO0 .

    Thumb up +2

     
  5. Tim

    January 15th, 2013

    Get rid of the EPA, HUD, HHS, DHS, and a host of other parasitic organizations and fix the roads with those “savings.”

    Thumb up +7

     
  6. thirdtwin

    January 15th, 2013

    I imagine that odometer readings recorded at emissions testing centers will be compared with the previous year’s odometer reading to determine the mileage tax. This tax will be assessed and collected for the Feds by each state. It also means that areas which heretofore have avoided the emissions testing fee will now be paying the emissions test fee and the mileage tax.

    Thumb up +2

     
  7. Noodengr

    January 15th, 2013

    Every and I mean every gov’t funded project I have seen as an engineer in my career is loaded with waste, specifying things that have no payback, requiring needless inspections, etc. So any time the gov’t says they need money to do such and such I know they are lying. They need a private industry engineer with a fresh perspective, to cut the waste out of the project and get more bang for my tax payer dollars.

    Thumb up +5

     
  8. F.D.R. in Hell

    January 15th, 2013

    ** sigh **

    I remember when driving used to be fun…even with hand-controls.

    :evil:

    Thumb up +4

     
  9. Sadie

    January 15th, 2013

    Notice the pattern…Get rid of the “other” cars with the lure of money, impose black boxes in newer models, tax the shit out of us.

    July 1, 2009
    Cash for Clunkers

    The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), colloquially known as “cash for clunkers”, was a $3 billion U.S. federal scrappage program intended to provide economic incentives to U.S. residents to purchase a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle when trading in a less fuel-efficient vehicle. The program was promoted as providing stimulus to the economy by boosting auto sales, while putting safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles on the roadways.

    April 20, 2012
    A recently passed bill will require all cars to come equipped with “black boxes” that record vehicle data. These Event Data Recorders (EDR), similar to their airplane counterparts, will record data such as speed, brake force and electrical systems monitoring. The days of a car crash being one driver’s word against another look to be history.

    Senate Bill 1813 (known as Map-21) mandates that automakers install EDRs in all new vehicles starting in 2015. The bill was recently passed and is expected to be approved by the House.

    January 14, 2013
    An on-again, off-again move by the Obama administration to scrap the federal gas tax in favor of a pay-per-mile fee would boost the tab to Americans as high as 250 percent, raising their current tax of 18.4 cents a gallon to as high as 46 cents, according to a new government study.

    Thumb up +3

     
  10. BILL

    January 15th, 2013

    “raising their current tax of 18.4 cents a gallon to as high as 46 cents”

    this applies only to those making more than $250k a year right?

    Thumb up +4

     
  11. eternal ¼ cracker p

    January 15th, 2013

    Good thing I’ve been driving a unicorn skating on a rainbow since election 2008!

    Thumb up +4

     
  12. RosalindJ

    January 15th, 2013

    A correction and an addendum: “the government’s highway fund is going to go dry”

    Bullshit. That fund has – and continues to have – a ton of money. The bastards just keep raiding it and/or tossing it into the general revenue trough.

    BTW, I’m a fairly average driver with the car, and my per-gallon tax burden is nearly twice that of what’s cited. They must be skewing the equation by doubling the number of drivers over 80 in FL.

    “Trucks would pay far more.”

    1)That absolutely means everything would cost that much more.
    2)Truck pay a boatload of money as it is.

    I have had it with being thought too stupid to understand what ever pipe-dream schemes the administration is proposing.

    Thumb up +4

     
  13. Death_By_Farts

    January 15th, 2013

    Geezum-crow…Imagine how much it would cost to fly anywhere, or even take Amtrak…No more travel in the USA.

    Thumb up +2

     
  14. reddecaesari

    January 15th, 2013

    this is the goal.
    to keep us folks housebound. if you still have a home.

    Thumb up +1