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Oregon drivers getting at least 55 MPG may have to pay a driving tax

Everyone who drives a gasoline or diesel powered vehicle on the streets in the United States pays taxes that go towards keeping the roads around the country and within your local community in good condition. We pay these taxes at the pump when we buy fuel.
 
However, one of the side effects to the Obama administration's push to get Americans to buy more fuel-efficient electric or hybrid vehicles is that the amount of money raised in fuel taxes by states is decreasing. The Oregon state legislature is reportedly considering a bill that would require drivers of vehicles getting at least 55 mpg to pay a tax on each mile driven after 2015.
 
The bill would also give drivers the option of paying a flat tax amount annually. Currently, taxes on fuel within the state of Oregon are 30 cents per gallon.

“Everybody uses the road and if some pay and some don’t then that’s an unfair situation that’s got to be resolved,” said Jim Whitty, manager of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding.

Oregon isn't the only state considering charging drivers of fuel-efficient vehicles attacks on the miles they drive; Nevada and Washington are also looking at per mile charges. Drivers of electric vehicles in Washington will begin paying an annual fee in March.

Automotive manufacturers and dealers see this proposed per mile tax as a significant hindrance to the mass adoption of hybrid and fully-electric vehicles.

Sources: Statesman Journal, Southern California Public Radio



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RE: Dolts
By JediJeb on 1/4/2013 9:01:45 PM , Rating: 2
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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.


I agree completely. 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? Everyone should pay the same percentage in taxes that is the only fair way to tax.

As said above, if someone makes and spends $20,000 they pay $5,000 in taxes leaving them only $15,000 makes it look bad compared to the guy making $2,000,000 and paying only $500,000 in taxes. But when you look at it the other way, one only paid $5,000 in taxes while the other paid 100X more taxes, that makes the person making less money look like he got a bargain.

Another way to think about it is that if the tax rate is flat, and you do away with all of the entitlements(not Social Security since each one has paid into that and receives back proportionally) this now places an incentive on everyone to work to better themselves to have more, not just sit and wait for handouts as so many do who could actually be working.


RE: Dolts
By Paj on 1/7/2013 8:56:21 AM , Rating: 1
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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?


Everyone benefits from the government. Everyone benefits from having schools, ports, roads, police, fire services, power infrastructure, national building codes.

The opposite of these things is anarchy. If you love small government so much, move to Somalia - thats about as small as a government can get.


RE: Dolts
By ebakke on 1/7/2013 4:02:07 PM , Rating: 2
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If you love small government so much, move to Somalia - thats about as small as a government can get.
And here I thought we were having a reasonable discussion between rational adults.


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