I usually don't purchase The Boston Herald, so I missed this Howie Carr item on a mileage tax for our autos. Apparently the proposal is for only 0.85¢ a mile—initially. That would be 8.5 mills (₥). Any bets on how long it would take for it to go to a whole cent? That would average about three bucks every time I fill up. How will they know how far I drove? Annual Inspection odometer check? A GPS tracker I have to pay for, and pay to have installed in a tamper-proof manner?
My problem is that (1) it is politicians, afraid of bumping the gas tax or the income tax, looking for some cutesy new way to extract money and (2) it does not provide any incentive to get better gas milage, either through better driving or selective purchasing.
Whatever we do, we have to pay for it, but that payment needs to be up front.
Here is my supplemental question. If I drive to our Nation's Capitol, will I be paying this milage tax as I wander through Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and the District itself?
There will be an election in November, if anyone cares. Now would be a good time to send cards and letters (and EMails) to our elected representatives down on Beacon Hill. They may be listening.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff