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Oregon considering taxing miles driven

January 5, 2009 by  

Some states are looking for ways to recoup lost revenueAs a number of states look at ways to increase revenue, Oregon is looking at an unusual measure: taxing the number of miles driven rather than increasing the gas tax.

Governor Ted Kulongoski has suggested that every new car in the state would be given a GPS tracking device that would keep track of the number of miles a motorist drives.

In this way, the driver ends up paying more for driving further – regardless of whether they have a gas-guzzling SUV or an eco-friendly hybrid.

The move is seen as a way for Oregon to recoup money it is losing from the gasoline tax as residents turn to more efficient vehicles.

Some critics have raised questions about the fairness of punishing people for driving, regardless of their vehicle choice.

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders says, "My fear is that my tax dollars will be used to bankroll a scheme to punish me for using roads my tax dollars already paid for, because someday I might own an electric car."

Others have raised privacy concerns about using GPS to track vehicles’ habits, citing it as another example of the creation of a "nanny state."


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  • The Crazy Trucker

    So, Oregon finally wants to do to cars what they’ve been doing to trucks for years. Right now it costs about 13 cents per mile to drive a truck in Or. We’ve been monitored by satellite for years. The same people who think it’s good for me to have to put up with it don’t want to be part of it? Oh well people. Reap what ye sew!

  • http://ordy@fedtel./net Eric g

    If you really want to tax the cheapies driving small vehicals ,put sales tax on hospital bills . Oregon is going to increase employment too by building and servicing the global tracking devices . They must have real brains to even think of this . Why doesnt Oregon give checks to the people that have lowered our average tempeture . I’am sure oregon has a lot of global warming believers . Its most obvious Oregon is going to go from one crisses to another .

  • Nancy Kosling

    There is to my understanding at least a 47c tax on every gallon of fuel at the pump. The feds collect it under the promise that it will be used to make and repair roads. Seems to me that is a state rights infringement issue. Maybe the states can collect that tax money and use it to fix their own roads directly! What is the federal government going to do to Oregon if they fix their own road with their own money, kick them out of the union? Send in federal SWAT teams to invade Oregon and take it back over dead bodies? I think some of the elected officials are scardie-cats that go after the weakest amoung us.

  • http://yahoo sharon

    That state is so run by communists fools anyway, they will tax the very undeware you wear, and I don’t feel sorry for them either they vote that way let them live that way.


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