BEYOND RIDICULOUS! California considers taxing motorists over mileage
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/6/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
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.
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.
"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.
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2018
Priests and their Pastoral Ministry. That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.
President Trump met with President Vladimir Putin for a summit in Helsinki today. By all accounts, the meeting went well, ... continue reading
Is an end to abortion near? The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy suggests yes. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - All ... continue reading
Pope Francis is a man of great compassion who houses refugees at the Vatican. He has also asked parish churches around the world to host ... continue reading
Here are the facts why children are being separated from families at the border, and what the Catholic Church has to say about it Watch
Children of illegal immigrants are being separated from their families and held in detention centers by the hundreds. This policy, which ... continue reading
Religious freedom groups cheered Monday's 7-2 Supreme Court decision that a Colorado baker had his rights violated when the state civil ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Reading for Thursday, September 20th, 2018 HD Video
- St. Januarius: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, September 19, 2018
- Prayer Requests Live for Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 HD Video
- Religious priest named auxiliary bishop of Hartford
- Youth to meet with Pope Francis during October synod
- Daily Readings for Wednesday, September 19, 2018
- Tedeum en Chile: Nuestra Iglesia vive un tiempo de purificacion como ...
- Prayer Requests Live for Monday, September 17th, 2018 HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, September 17th, 2018 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education