California is considering a mileage tax on drivers

A hungry beast always prowling about for more tax revenue, the California state government is now “considering” a mileage tax that will charge drivers for every mile they drive.

Despite a new 12-cent increase in gas tax which recently went into effect on November 1, 2017, expected to bring in an estimated $52 billion in tax revenue, California still insists it needs more money for road repairs and that the gas tax isn’t bringing in enough revenue.

Phil Matier reports for KPIX5, Dec. 11, 2017, that the state recently road-tested a mileage monitoring plan, the California Road Charge Pilot Program, as a way for the state to move from its longstanding pump tax to a system where drivers pay based on their mileage.

California State Senator Scott Wiener

State Senator Scott Wiener (D-SF) and others say it’s not just a question about money, it’s also a question about fairness. The openly “gay” Wiener says: “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. People are going to use less and less gas in the long run (and less gas means less gas tax, and less money for road repair.) We want to make sure that all cars are paying to maintain the roads.”

One idea would be to install devices that would clock your mileage every time you pull up to the pump or electric car charging station. Another idea is to put a tracker on every car. Wiener says, “The reality is that if you have a smartphone, your data of where you are traveling is already in existence.

None of this is sitting well with drivers such as Joshua Li, the owner of a hybrid BMW. Li says he saves around $200 a month by not using gas, and would definitely not be happy if his driving was taxed per mile.

Randy Rentschler of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission says another solution is to raise the gas tax (again) and increase the vehicle registration fee for electric cars because “If you buy a small car that gets great fuel economy, we don’t get enough money to repair the roads.”

But that idea goes against California’s “green” commitment because raising vehicle registration fees and taxing people with fuel-efficient, hybrid or electric vehicles could also discourage people from purchasing such vehicles that are key to reducing vehicle emissions and improving air quality.


35 responses to “California is considering a mileage tax on drivers

  1. Pretty soon they’re need to chip and track everyone… for “safety,” you know.

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  2. Anything to bilk the tax payers of their money to support the illegals

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  3. Big Brother watching; the People’s Republic of Commiefornia.
    His address is probably #1984, George Orwell St.
    Why don’t these @ssholes all move to a commie country and leave the USA be? Or even better, jump off a cliff!

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  4. California’s Government has bankrupted the State’s taxpayers. Critical infrastructure is literally crumbling. Since declaring the entire State a sanctuary for criminals, they’re facing a loss of Federal funding for various programs.

    Following President Trump’s appearance on the scene, their sources of Chinese and deep state funding are being placed under a microscope. The timer is running out for demented hags like Pelosi, Feinstein, Madmax and the Schiffty cabal. Moonbeam’s illogical obsession with the fraudulent “Green” illusion is losing credibility as increasing numbers of Californians find out it’s BLACK. The Governor and his loony team belong in padded cells.

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  5. Not to worry. Once they find that more people are using bicycles, and revenue diminishes, they will arrange for a very significant tax on bicycle tires. After that the bicycle queens will be sure to complain

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    • John . . . Your suggestion of charging a hefty tax on bicycle tires is just stellar. Here in Oregon so much of the budget for roads has been shifted to “bike lanes,” yet bicyclists DO NOY PAY ANYTHING towards our roads. We passed a .10 a gallon tax, the only problem was 20 % went to improvements of sidewalks; 20% went to improvements of bicycle lanes, only the remaining 60 % was earmarked for improving our roads. Last year during the bad weather, since the road repair crews only did “cheap road repairs” we had pot holes, some of which were 6 to 10 inches deep. Now they say it is too expensive to do the “really good road repairs” where they cut down the surface and repave the whole thing. The cheap repairs, they just throw some cold asphalt into the holes–so that as soon as the weather turns bad again, the wet and freezing just chews up these half-baked repairs. I really do not understand, other thank thinking that government officials are crooks, they suck all this money out of us for “roads” and then they appropriate it for other things, besides roads. I am sick of this. There will never bee enough monies to please those in governmental office.

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      • Our new gas tax for “Critical Infrastructure” has been diverted to our “BULLET TRAIN” to NO WHERE.

        On a side note to an earlier post on our “PRISON POPULATION” live better than MOST of us on SS….


  6. Democrats create more taxes than jobs and then they wonder why they go bankrupt.

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  7. not a surprise…I’m waiting for the ‘air tax’ or the ‘sunshine tax’ or how’s about the ‘privilege of living in california tax’?
    the legislators should be taxed for every dumb idea they present….california would be debt free

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  8. “None of this is sitting well with drivers…”

    Elections have consequences.

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  9. None of the labor, forming the basis of the social food -hain, are participating, formally, or you wouldn’t be able to afford them. If there was some implied rule, where you give me everything I need, and I do whatever you say, the capital does not uphold it’s end of the social bargain.

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  10. In Massachusetts, former governor Deval Patrick floated that same idea. I was so relieved when it failed. Once that gets instituted it would be very hard to pry government fingers off the new source of revenue. And it would have a very stifling affect on the economy.

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  11. I’m going to leave this State soon. If they pass this tax, I’m leaving sooner.

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  12. People with smarts will pack up and leave, the state is run by socialists. Many welfare leeches not paying any taxes.

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  13. Hey, California……ain’t socialism great?

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  14. Jumping Jehoshaphat

    Jerry Brown needs more money to fund all these “wildfires” that take millions to put out. From Oct to Dec this year, 81 fires. Check the cell phone footage on this video that shows lasers starting fires in the Santa Rosa fire which just happened to clear the area that Santa Rosa wanted to rezone a la Agenda 21.

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    • Yep, the damage looks like “low-yield” nuke damage. Just think, every year they have more and more on the dole and less and less working. The infrastructure is shot. Look at Oroville dam, for example.

      Who’s gonna pay for all this? I keep saying that, because they want to ignore federal law, i.e. “sanctuary cities”, etc., they should arrest the officials and cut off the funding. At least that way we wouldn’t have to subsidize their communism.

      I grew up there. I saw it develop into what it is today. I got out almost thirty years ago and I’m not going back. They have to be getting money from somewhere other than the residents. If they were milking the residents anymore than they already do, they’d starve and their cash cow would go dry.

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  15. That bill is not going to pass…

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