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5/6/2014 (9 months ago)

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Bill is reportedly a 'voluntary program; that taxes each mile traveled

In a bit of legislation that boggles the mind - the State of California is considering a "voluntary tax" that would tax the state's motorists for every mile they drive. It at first seems like a throwback to the "bad old days" when most rental car outlets charged users for every mile they drove over a minimum - which was later found to be ridiculous and eventually discarded.

A new idea to build revenue is likely to fail -- but for people who live there, they  should be concerned -- regardless.

A new idea to build revenue is likely to fail -- but for people who live there, they should be concerned -- regardless.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/6/2014 (9 months ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: California, mileage, tax


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Nevertheless, the California Legislature is researching the program that would tax motorists by the mile.

Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), introduced a bill to test out the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax because the state's gas tax was no longer bringing in the revenue it used to due to people driving more fuel efficient vehicles, according to KCAL9's Bobby Kaple. The program is modeled after ones currently in effect in Oregon and Washington.

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"We want to do as Washington and Oregon have done in a much bigger state with much longer commutes.to make sure that we find out whether it would work, whether the public would like it or not," DeSaulnier said.

It's not yet know how much the tax would be, but Oregon currently charges its volunteers 1.5 cents per mile.

"All of those things would be determined. We would let the agency determine that because this would be a voluntary program," DeSaulnier said.

Understandably, California commuters were not thrilled about the idea of a VMT tax.

"I bought a hybrid . one, because of my drive. I'm very opposed. I drive to Brentwood every day from Burbank, and I am already paying more than I should be," one driver said.

"So if we go on vacation and I drive up to Mammoth, that's 600 miles. We're being taxed on vacations?" another motorist complained.

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