I don’t care where you live—you need to know about the plan to tax you by the mile.
Like most of the eco-laws that have swept America over recent decades, this one originates in California—specifically in the ultra green San Francisco Bay area. The idea is to charge motorists a tax on every mile they drive in the nine-county region. While liberal politicians are selling the scheme as a way to raise massive amounts of tax revenue, environmentalists see the plan as an effective way to coerce residents into driving less and using mass transit more—all in the name of saving the planet from global warming. In any case, the liberals in the legislature and the eco-freaks are working together in perfect tyranny.
Last week members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments approved going forward with further study of this tax plan, as part of a broader environmental program approved by the legislature and signed by then governor Arnold Schwarzenegger several years ago. The law is aimed at making California a green utopia in which, by 2050, the state will be sectored into three “mega-regions” linked together by the transportation option of choice—high-speed rail. The mega-regions will be packed with high-density housing and grouped around “transportation hubs,” to better serve a carless society. Farms and ranches (agriculture is California’s largest industry sector) will have been put out of business, and the state’s rural towns will vanish. Additionally, because energy will be in short supply, California residents will be consumed with monitoring their personal carbon footprint just like an idiot might be consumed with the lint in his bellybutton.
Sadly, I’m not making this Orwellian scenario up.
In one of the Metropolitan Transportation Committee’s internal memos, dated May 19, 2010, the masterminds actually state their goal is to increase the cost of driving five-fold, and force 400,000 residents to relocate! According to the memo:
Our pricing and land use scenarios include very aggressive assumptions. We increase auto operating costs nearly 5 fold – this is necessary to move the GHG emissions “needle” because the Bay Area is a relatively high-wealth region. Our land use assumptions including moving 200,000 people, over and above current projections, in 2035 to San Francisco to better match jobs with workers; alternatively, we remove a like number of people in several suburban counties that have much higher jobs/housing imbalances.
Under the current tax-by-the-mile proposal, drivers would be required to install GPS-like odometers or other devices in their vehicles and pay up to a dime for every mile driven. Based on current Bay Area driving patterns, these bureaucrats state a mileage tax could raise up to $15 million a day.
As for the security concerns associated with a mandatory, government-issued GPS device, commission spokesman Randy Rentschler told the Mercury News, “The last thing we’re interested in is where you go and what you do. What we’re trying to do is get people to figure out a way to raise revenue that they could support.”
Yeah. And I believe monkeys can fly out of my…
The complete proposal will be finished in January and scheduled for a vote by the MTC in April. Whatever the commission decides will be law. The tax will be implemented within the decade.
Protesting this scheme is virtually impossible in that the majority of government bodies within the nine-county region would have to be persuaded to opt out—that’s unlikely.
Watch California carefully, and be warned.
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