Comments on: The problems with a nationwide VMT tax http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/11/the-problems-with-a-nationwide-vmt-tax/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: csg57 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/11/the-problems-with-a-nationwide-vmt-tax/comment-page-1/#comment-11989 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:06:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2562#comment-11989 The answer to traffic conjestion isn’t more taxes, its technology. Check out KPTV in Portland. They put webcams around the city at major traffic areas and anybody with internet can check before their commute if they should take another route or postpone their trip until another time. If people around the country had real time webcam info and traffic bulletins/advisories, part of the driving population wouldn’t be flying blind, thereby reducing some of the conjestion. If government were really doing their jobs, they would have more and better electronic signs on the highways giving us advanced warning of upcoming conjestions and alternate routes to take. Car pooling and park and ride schemes also help but eventually we need to think about decentralizing big urban areas, there are too many drivers and too few roads in some places.

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By: lindenberger http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/11/the-problems-with-a-nationwide-vmt-tax/comment-page-1/#comment-11987 Sun, 14 Feb 2010 21:51:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2562#comment-11987 Mattmc — To your point, I think the politicians see embracing the idea of a VMT is a way out of the discussion about whether current taxes, like the motor fuels tax, ought to be raised. Beyond that, it’s a planner’s dream, but people tend to forget that raising taxes through the VMT won’t be any easier, politically, than raising the gasoline tax. For more perspective, check our out blog. http://transportationblog.dallasnews.com  /archives/2010/02/would-you-rather-pay- gas-tax-p.html

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By: mattmc http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/11/the-problems-with-a-nationwide-vmt-tax/comment-page-1/#comment-11986 Sun, 14 Feb 2010 19:26:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2562#comment-11986 I think we already have the mechanism for congestion pricing. It’s called EZ-pass and tolls. It’s pretty easy to make roads toll roads at various times of day with rush hour and off peak pricing.

The VMT is basically the idiot child of politicians who are afraid of raising the gas tax, but don’t have the brain cells to realize this would be much much worse.

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By: hambo http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/11/the-problems-with-a-nationwide-vmt-tax/comment-page-1/#comment-11983 Sat, 13 Feb 2010 19:51:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2562#comment-11983 Taxes are going way up in this country, even for the beloved middle class. You know 9 of the top 30 job sectors ten years ago are shrinking to the point of extinction due to foreign competition and technology advances? The US economy is in tailspin. I work for http://storyburn.com and the angry chaos around America is getting worse each day. Companies are using this recession to do far more with less people. State governments like California and New Jersey are reeling in red. Whether your in Abu Dhabi, Germany or in New York City, get ready for a huge wealth transfer to other regions and classes

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By: HBC http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/11/the-problems-with-a-nationwide-vmt-tax/comment-page-1/#comment-11968 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 16:29:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2562#comment-11968 Problems with this tax proposal start with the fact that it’s circular enough to drive Americans nuts.

The majority of roads of which use is liable to be taxed aren’t worth driving on to begin with, not being properly planned, cleaned or even maintained (other than by convicts). Also that, in this so-called free market economy any ensuing revenue is destined to be subverted into paying for wars, mercenaries and other bailouts of Soviet proportions. People notice things like this, even while driving, especially when they’re not allowed to use their cel-phones…

Ultimately, a tax of this nature may be the last straw in reactionary Americans’ flimsy argument of “not-wanting” any measures that might put them in stylistic proximity with socialized economies. America’s economy is supposed to be going somewhere, whereas it’s getting harder and harder for taxpayers to pay even lip allegiance to this false flag.

Plus of course, in Western European socialized economies, the roads would be properly paved and maintained, which in America is, of course, not the case – because the money’s already been given to weapons makers, mercenaries, zombie banks, TBTF corporate bailout artists, none of whom pay their fair share of taxes etc.

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By: Ghandiolfini http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/11/the-problems-with-a-nationwide-vmt-tax/comment-page-1/#comment-11966 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 13:27:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2562#comment-11966 How about a ‘general crapping tax’ (GCT), because you don’t have to drive anywhere and we can call it a ‘crap-and-trade’ system.

…”and there really is something quite creepily Big Brotherish about trying to track every single vehicle in America” – nothing that 300 000 000 drones cannot handle.

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By: Pete_Murphy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/11/the-problems-with-a-nationwide-vmt-tax/comment-page-1/#comment-11963 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 11:41:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2562#comment-11963 The goal here is to reduce oil consumption and traffic congestion. The best answer is far simpler than any VMT. Impose tariffs on imported oil. Oil consumption will be reduced, our dependency on foreign oil will be reduced, alternative energy and mass transit will get a boost and the federal government will get the needed boost in revenues.

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By: Sensei http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/11/the-problems-with-a-nationwide-vmt-tax/comment-page-1/#comment-11962 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:31:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2562#comment-11962 Typical. Why do we we need a new tax with a fancy acronym? This tax already exists. You pay it every time you fill up – nearly 64 cents per gallon in California. And it’s perfectly weighted: drive more than your neighbor, pay more tax; drive a huge SUV, pay more tax; drive a Prius, pay less. The incentives are already there, the mechanism is in place. Just jack up the taxes if you want people to drive less or to push them toward more fuel-efficient vehicles.

But just admit that any tax on fuel or driving is brutally regressive. The commuting single mother thanks you for thinking globally.

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By: Empty http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/11/the-problems-with-a-nationwide-vmt-tax/comment-page-1/#comment-11944 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:08:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2562#comment-11944 Rather than a nationwide VMT tax (or cap and trade or whatever you want to call it), how about a state VMT Carbon tax. Small states, rather than cities would be a good incubator for testing this idea out. In many states, yearly vehicle inspections are accompanied by recording of miles driven, so you don’t need some kind of fancy GPS recording system. The data is already being collected. Divide your miles driven per year by the estimated MPG for your vehicle and you get your “automobile carbon use estimate”. You then pay based on this estimate. If you drive a car that gets more than, say, 40 mpg, you don’t pay the tax.

This sort of tax could be used in place of state sales taxes on gas and the revenue could be used by states at their discretion. And if your state doesn’t want to do this, don’t pass it into law.

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By: jorge62 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/11/the-problems-with-a-nationwide-vmt-tax/comment-page-1/#comment-11942 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 17:50:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2562#comment-11942 Mr. Obama really is doing every tax possible to make sure he’s a one term president.

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