Since Government has drained the fuel tax fund on God knows what, (hookers and blow) it’s time they create a new scam to separate working people from their hard-earned money. Taxing you by the mile is the latest in brilliant ideas brought forth by the political traitors who we can’t seem to get out of office.
According to a recently published piece in Roll Call, politicians are perplexed, knowing that they can’t raise the fuel tax by 18.3 cents a gallon, knowing the slaves will revolt, while on the other hand, their New World Order control grid consisting of toll booths and E-ZPass transponders isn’t even close to being complete. Either way, we’re F***ed.
Congress enters the debate over how to shore up a highway trust fund headed for insolvency with a conundrum: The GOP is reluctant to raise the federal fuel tax, the tax isn’t a long-term solution anyway, and the most popular alternative to the gas tax isn’t ready for prime time.
That alternative is a levy based on the number of miles a vehicle travels rather than the amount of fuel that goes into the vehicle. The so-called Vehicle Miles Traveled, or VMT fee, is being tested in states such as Oregon and Utah. Washington state, meanwhile, issued a report in January highlighting the need to move away from the fuel tax toward such a system.
In the House, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee ranking member Sam Graves, R-Mo., backs the idea. And other Republicans, such as Senate Finance Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, have made it clear that raising the 18.3 cent a gallon federal fuel tax is politically unpalatable.
A Graves spokesman said the senator hasn’t ruled out any of the options being discussed. “But he does feel that a gas tax increase would be very difficult.”
The problem? Even its biggest backers say the federal government isn’t ready to rely on a VMT.
And for many policy- and lawmakers, the VMT raises tough privacy questions about the government tracking the travel of motorists.
“I’m not sure we’re ready to jump to a full-scale national system yet,” said Barbara Rohde, executive director of the Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance, the trade association backing VMT systems. She backs the idea of a national pilot program in the interim. “We still have testing that needs to be done.”