Miles-Driven Could Replace Gasoline Tax, LaTourette SaysSubmitted by FreedomIsAbsolute on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 18:48
Abolishing the U.S. gasoline tax and replacing it with a levy based on miles driven could happen “tomorrow” regardless of hurdles to implementing it, said a former top Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
The gasoline tax, which Congress hasn’t raised since 1993, needs to be ended because lawmakers won’t increase it, former Representative Steve LaTourette said today in an interview at Bloomberg’s Washington office. Policymakers could immediately replace it with a tax of about 1 1/2 cents per mile that could be collected in ways that alleviate privacy concerns, he said.
“I think we could do it tomorrow,” said LaTourette, who represented Ohio. “But then you get the black helicopter people saying if you put something in my car, you’d know I was at my girlfriend’s house last night.”
If you have 150k Miles on your 35mpg vehicle, under this proposed system you would have paid $2,700 in taxes for driving compared to the $771.43 under the current highway-taxing system, a whooping $1928.57 difference.
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