As the government continues to “influence” our lifestyles with never ending taxation and fees, they often come up with new taxes in order to feed their spending addictions once we are forced to adapt to their pressure.
Case in point - The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for 500 people to test technology that could someday be used to collect a mileage-based user fee. They fear that the fuel economy standards and high costs of fuel will force drivers to purchase fuel efficient and hybrid cars, and no longer produce enough revenue from a gas tax to build and repair roads.
The president himself said that “we can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”
The federal government has made a strong push to force American drivers out of larger, more useful, vehicles by using high gas taxes and increased CAFE standards. Many people are forced to by overpriced hybrid vehicles in order to afford gas, but now Minnesota is willing to tax their citizens movement on the roadways to make up for any “lost” revenue they feel they deserve.
In the end, Al Gore wins and the American people lose.
Mn/DOT anticipates a fee on road usage might someday be necessary as more fuel efficient and hybrid cars are on the road, decreasing revenue from the gas tax.
“This research will provide important feedback from motorists about the effectiveness of using technology in a car or truck to gather mileage information,” said Cory Johnson, project manager.
“We are researching alternative financing methods today that could be used 10 or 20 years from now when the number of fuel efficient and hybrid cars increase and no longer produce enough revenue from a gas tax to build and repair roads.”