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California 'Mobility Tax' Will Penalize Drivers Using Fossil Fuels

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A photo  taken on March 23, 2013, when gas prices approached $ 5 per gallon in Sausalito, California. (Michael Rubin/Dreamstime)

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By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 26 December 2017 10:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Recently the charge for a 10 miles in length trip on Virginia’s newest Washington, D.C. — area toll road was a driver–walloping $44. One way. At that rate only members of Congress and defense contractors will be able to afford a ride into the D.C. swamp using that road.

I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only Californian feeling more than a bit smug over the financial travails of D.C. drivers, since — so far — no California toll road approaches a charge of $4.40 per mile. And even in Virginia drivers can avoid paying that particularly expensive piper if they just don’t use the toll road.

Unfortunately for me, I underestimated the rapaciousness of California’s Democratic kleptocrat class.

KPIX-TV gleefully informed me that, "California is moving closer to charging drivers for every mile they drive." This means if Virginia drivers using the toll road are being forced to pay a destination tax, all California drivers will be forced to pay a mobility tax.

Unless they want to remain immobile.

Leave it to a leftist politician to pitch the mobility tax as an effort of public-spirited wallet-emptiers to apply "fairness" to driving. State Sen. Scott Wiener, D- San Francisco, presumably with a straight face, assures, "If you own an older vehicle that is fueled by gas, you’re paying gas tax to maintain the roads. Someone who has an electric vehicle or a dramatically more fuel-efficient vehicle is paying much less than you are. But they are still using the roads. We want to make sure that all cars are paying to maintain the roads."

One way to charge by the mile would be to force drivers to take a state bureaucrat with them to note mileage each time the car left the driveway. That would a big government "two-fer." Creating jobs and creating carpools!

The other way would be to force drivers to install a tracking GPS that reported back to Sacramento every time your car started moving. It wouldn’t be big brother, it would be more like big AAA.

Some of you that overestimate the reasonableness of state spenders might fall for the fairness excuse and decide getting rid of the gas tax would be an equitable way to solve the problem. Well the surprise is on you.

The state won’t get rid of gas taxes, it will simply add the mobility tax and keep the gas tax, too as a way to punish fossil-fuel criminals. Only they won’t be that honest about it. They’ll claim reason the gas tax doesn’t go away is so California can tax tourists and other visitors driving through who don’t live in their own police state where drivers have tattletale GPS units clocking their every mile.

And so California continues its decline from the Golden State to the gouging state.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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The state won’t get rid of gas taxes, it will simply add the mobility tax and keep the gas tax, too as a way to punish fossil-fuel criminals. Only they won’t be that honest about it.
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