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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 maugrimtr on 1/8/2013 4:59:15 AM , Rating: 2
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.

It's an overgeneralizatin since it is actually morally right to help least that's what I learned as a Christian. It's a question of scale not moral righteousness.

RE: Dolts
By ebakke on 1/8/2013 12:32:46 PM , Rating: 2
No it isn't an overgeneralization. What I described is exactly what's happening.

I have no problem with charity. But charity at the end of a gun isn't charity; it's theft. If you want to help Bob because your religion tells you to, great. If I want to help Bob because he's my pal, great. If Frank wants to help Bob because Frank's guilty about his own success in life, great. As long as each person is doing so voluntarily. But forcing someone else to help Bob isn't suddenly OK just because a majority of the people want it to happen.

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