Pay tax by the mile, not gallon?

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE and PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 26, 2011 - 4:15 PM

Falling revenue for roads leads to some new ideas - and a test project soon.

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mnpitmanApr. 19, 11 8:17 AM

This is a REALLY bad idea. The problem, (not enough $$$ in the road fund) is political, as is the solution. Quit taking money out of the road fund for everything but roads & bridges + index the fuel tax to inflation. The Legislature grabbed money out of the road fund for all kinds of things and yet they don't have the guts to vote a fuel tax increase. If this comes to pass, how long do you think it will be before law enforcement and the plaintiff's bar get the GPS information about where you were and how fast you were going? Don't even want to think about the divorce attorneys and what they will do with this info!

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bluedevil101Apr. 19, 11 8:20 AM

Guess I better get ready to pay even more...At some point the state has to realize that some of us have to drive or be unemployed.

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joe1701Apr. 19, 11 8:20 AM

This is so typical..........first the government mandates vehicles are made that get better gas miliage, the result is less gas used and less taxes for the state so now they have to look at charging you on how much you drive your new gas efficient, hybrid or electric vehicle. So typical of a bloated government program.

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loveitApr. 19, 11 8:20 AM

What a great idea. The State should know where you are driving at all times. Also they could raise additional revenue as the GPS / phone device would alert them when you are speeding and the could just Email a speeding ticket to your smartphone. To make it even more adaptable, it could be wired to remotely disable your ignition, shutting off your car if in times of martial law, if you forget to pay your taxes or child support. Where do I sign up?

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verdepatoApr. 19, 11 8:21 AM

If the money collected from all vehichle taxes was spent wisely we would have a surplus Just goverment once again telling us that they have wasted our money so goverment needs to think of new ways to take our money

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joe1701Apr. 19, 11 8:23 AM

"index the fuel tax to inflation" Oh, that's a great idea, not. All that will do is make people drive even less, use even less gas and therefore the state gets even less tax from gas. What we should have is an abundance of cheap gas produced right here in the U. S. of A. so we can drive baby drive.

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cjbrumApr. 19, 11 8:24 AM

So all roads become toll roads. Potential GPS tracking of each trip for each car in the state seems like over-use of technology. A once-per-year reading of odometer at the time of license renewal, with perhaps a monthly/quarterly tax payment plan would be less intrusive and require less expensive, breakable technology.

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cjohnstonApr. 19, 11 8:25 AM

A really bad idea. We already have mulitple sources for raising MNDOT revenue. We could talk about them instead of a new, ridiculous approach.

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whadjawantApr. 19, 11 8:27 AM

Welcome to the data age. you are tracked weather you know it or not. you own a GPS unit ... you can be tracked. You have OnStar - you can be tracked. You have a cell phone - you can be tracked. You use a credit card - you can be tracked. You browse online ... we'll you understand now. the difference here is that the government be using data - just like private marketers - to provide "service". the distinction here is that you will generally NEED that service ( ie ROADS-TRANIST-INFRASTRUCTURE) generally on a 2+ times daily basis - in order to continue particpating in the database the private marketers are creating. As for Mr mnpitman ... tooooooooooo late. The cat is out of the bag, gone down the street and making kittens.

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landry1Apr. 19, 11 8:28 AM

I got an idea! Let us take a significant portion of the gas and registration taxes and contribute them to wasteful and inefficient light rail transit.
News flash! MN roads in horrible condition, with no end in sight. Monies used for road repairs have been diverted to the welfare of transit: light rail transit.

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