Sources: Statesman Journal, Southern California Public Radio
quote: Automotive manufacturers and dealers who sell fuel-efficient hybrid electric vehicles see this proposed per mile tax as a significant hindrance to the mass adoption of hybrid and fully-electric vehicles.
quote: I could see requiring a trip to the emissions center every year when you re-register your vehicle. They would check your odometer, subtract last years total, run it through an algorithm, which accounts for your vehicle specs, and then spits out a road tax that you pay with your registration fee. But they won't do it that way.
quote: If the fuel tax is increased however, it would push even more people to choose fuel efficient vehicles. With the population growing steadily, I believe vehicle increase and fuel-efficiency increase would cancel each other out.
quote: Especially in a state like Oregon where most people drive vehicles that can actually get them where they want to go with the stuff they want to bring with them.
quote: But artificially attempting to shift the market with BS like tax breaks, subsidized by everyone, doesn't cut it.
quote: People buy the vehicles they buy because those are the vehicles that will do what they want to do.
quote: 9 out of 10 truck and large SUV drivers do not use their cars for their specific purposes.
quote: On the one hand you want to promote fuel efficient vehicles to better the environment and allow people to save money on rising fuel prices...
quote: Heavier vehicles cause more damage than lighter ones
quote: "Oh by the way, all that money you're saving with your new vehicle will actually still be going into our pockets."
quote: ...but I'll just point out that any true flat-tax system is terribly regressive. The less money you make, the more painful that flat tax is going to be.
quote: But regardless of how painful it is for anyone, we should all have to bear the burden of government. If it's truly benefiting all of us, it should be paid for by all of us.
quote: Why has it become acceptable that those who benefit less from the government pay more to be given to those who benefit more from the government?
quote: If you love small government so much, move to Somalia - thats about as small as a government can get.
quote: Worse, we think it's morally right to put a gun to Bill's head and force him to pay for some (or all) of Bob's portion.
quote: that any true flat-tax system is terribly regressive.
quote: Close tax loopholes for oil companies
quote: Regulate costs on fuel refineries. A lot of the cost per gallon to the consumer isn't due to cost of delivery.
quote: Raise taxes on gasoline. Put proceeds towards infrastructure.
quote: The idea is to find a balance that impedes our reliance on fossil fuels
quote: we live in a society and have to first and foremost do what is best for the whole