The California Legislature is now looking to follow a tax path laid down by Washington and Oregon; hoping that state motorists will 'volunteer' to pay a tax on every mile they drive.
According to CBSLA.com, Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, introduced a bill to test out the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax because the state’s gas tax is no longer bringing in the revenue it used to due to people driving more fuel efficient vehicles.
“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 unknown 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 (the rate) because this would be a voluntary program,” DeSaulnier said.
The TV station did not have to travel far to find commuters who 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,” Carmen Smith said.
“So if we go on vacation and I drive up to Mammoth, that’s 600 miles. We’re being taxed on vacations?” Kim Robinson said.
Apparently some folks are a little skeptical that California's pursuit of new tax revenue will apply to 'volunteers' only.
How do you feel about being taxed on 'vehicle miles driven'? Do you think California is heading in the right direction?