Leftists at Detroit’s more liberal paper are so giddy at the prospect of implementing new (and more importantly, higher) mileage tax, they will grasp at anything to bolster their case, even a college student’s paper:
“Instead of continuing to raise fuel taxes to pay for transportation infrastructure, a mileage fee could more fairly allocate costs based on the number of miles driven, the time of day, the route taken, and the weight of the vehicle,” the report says.
Elizabeth Treutel, a master of urban planning candidate at U-M and one of the authors of the report, said moving to such a system is probably five to 10 years away, but the report is partly intended to start a conversation.
“Having Michigan in the forefront would kind of allow Michigan to take the lead and shape and control how this is done,” Treutel said.
Several states and public institutions are studying the potential for a mileage fee policy, including Texas, Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin and Nevada. There’s also a legislative proposal in California.
Well, if a college student, working toward their master’s degree says this is a good idea, why, it should be good enough for us simple rubes who commute to our job’s day in and day out.
Of course, the geniuses working on their ‘advanced’ degrees seem to miss the gaping hole in their ‘master’ plan:
There are also issues surrounding whether motorists would think the system is fair, what technology would be used, and how the fee would be administered and paid.
Treutel said such a system would allow motorists to adjust the size of car they drive, how far they drive, and possibly when and where they drive to save on costs.
Heavier vehicles would pay more, and one possible plan would charge more for driving heavily congested roads at peak times and offer a discounted per-mile rate during off-peak times.
It’s not like we are in this situation because our beloved government mandated higher fuel efficiency standards and implemented weak dollar fiscal policies driving up the cost of fuel, causing drivers to purchase less fuel, cutting into the government’s tax receipts. If a mileage tax comes to fruition, you know people will work overtime circumventing this latest cash grabbing scheme.
Plus, I’m sure everyone is going to more than happy having the government track when and where you drive…