Friday, November 26
Mileage Tax: Someone Sees Reason
This Mercury News editorial states the case against the mileage tax well:
The day California shifts from a gas tax to a mileage tax is the day gas-guzzler sales begin to skyrocket. It's also the day that the automobile industry feels less of a responsibility to develop fuel-efficient technologies. Neither move is in the state's best interests.
Borucki's plan would require Californians to install some sort of tracking device in their cars that would send a signal to a GPS satellite. Taxpayers would then be assessed by how many miles they rack up. The intent would not be to use the tracking device as a surveillance tool, but the mere possibility is objectionable.
Update: More reason: