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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 Ringold on 1/5/2013 1:26:11 AM , Rating: 2
that any true flat-tax system is terribly regressive.

Not entirely true. The FairTax plan proposed by many distributes a monthly rebate for all sales tax on some minimum standard of living, such that the 'poor', or all people who decide to live modestly, effectively pay tax each day and then get it rebated monthly.. net taxes: zero.

There's been for years a vast propaganda campaign that tries to ignore or fillibuster people that attempt to point that out, but it's in there. I wouldn't be surprised if the distribution of taxes paid didn't change much, but it would have the positive effect of rewarding savings, which the current system we have penalizes heavily.

RE: Dolts
By Motoman on 1/5/2013 9:45:27 AM , Rating: 2
F%ck rebates.

If your intention is to tax poor people less, and rich people more, then just do that.

There is no purpose in the refund/rebate system other than to hope people fall through the cracks and don't get their share back. Just like mail-in rebates on retail goods.

Institute a simple, tiered tax rate system, and fire 99% of everyone who works for the IRS, since all you'd need to process taxes at that point is a couple old Amigas and a monkey who can type.

RE: Dolts
By JediJeb on 1/6/2013 3:08:49 PM , Rating: 2

Our entire tax code should read like this.

"Every individual and corporate entity earning income owes 20% of said income payable at time of receipt of said income."

Wouldn't even take up one page to publish, and as written contains no loopholes. If you want to pay less taxes then make less money. If you want to make more money, you will know exactly how much more you will be paying in taxes. Do away with any pre-tax deductions from paychecks to make it even more simple and you would be able to get rid of most of the overhead in the IRS since you would need very few people to take care of it.

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