Every move you make, Every step you take
Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are scheduled to vote on Thursday on whether or not to authorize a study of the proposal. Under the plan, drivers would have to install trackers in their vehicle and officials would tax drivers for every mile they travel.
Who will Track ‘n’ Tax you.
But don’t worry:
“We’re not interested in where they go. We’re only interested in the amount they travel,” said [Randy Rentschler with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission ]. “But for some folks, that’s a distinction without a difference. Anytime you talk about getting information from people, whenever that conversation comes up, it’s another hurdle you have to overcome.”
You’re “not interested” in where people travel. So if I drive, say, to Idaho, or Tahoe, or Shasta or LA, you’re gonna tax my mileage for roads in the SF Bay Area? Is that what you’re saying?
Oh, and what happened to the money you already tax me at the gas pump? Which was said to be for road maintenance and “transportation projects”?
A 10-cent-a-gallon increase in the Bay Area could generate an estimated $300 million a year or more to pay for transportation-related projects. Although the money could be used for roads, the emphasis probably would be on public transit and efforts to reduce auto pollution.
“People will kill their puppies to stop global warming these days,” said Dave Snyder [transportation policy director at the San Francisco Policy and Urban Planning Association, a think tank.
...an opinion poll found scant support for a 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax.
"We don't know the reason there is so much hesitancy toward a gas tax,"
Yeah. That's a real puzzler, there...
So now they're pondering making it a "fee" which only requires a simple majority... For
Global Warming Climate Change, donchanoooo. [it's been unusually cool here these last few summers. lousy tomato-growing weather]
Sales tax … is levied on both the gasoline and on the federal and state excise taxes, resulting in a form of “double taxation”. The sales tax is included in the metered price at the pump. The California excise tax on gasoline as of mid-2012 is 36 cents per gallon for motor fuel plus a 2.25% sales and use tax [plus a "prepaid sales tax of 7 cents]*, 10 cents per gallon for diesel plus a 9.42% sales and use tax [plus a 29 cent "prepaid sales tax]*
So what’d ya do with all that money, eh? Now you “need” more?!?
*Although all the details are still being worked out, the so-called Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) tax could cost up to a dime per mile and also be based on the time of day a driver is traveling on the roads.
Transit officials said this is all part of a long-term transportation and housing effort called Plan Bay Area
If you want a behavior to decrease, Tax It.
Plan Bay Area:
Yeah, it’s a target… But it’s GREEN, so it’s ok.
1. Reduce per-capita carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light-duty trucks by 7 percent by 2020 and by 15 percent by 2035,
So instead of generating ideas like supporting tax cuts for LNG stations and conversions, or any of a bunch of fairly low-cost other approaches to “reducing carbon dioxide,” they decide that decreasing the mobility of The People and increasing the cost of their Goods and Services is The Right Thing to do.
2. House by 2035 100 percent of the region’s projected 25-year growth by income level, without displacing current low-income residents.
The remaining eight targets reflect voluntary goals regarding healthy and safe communities, open space and agricultural preservation, equitable access, economic vitality and transportation system effectiveness.
Where other people plan where we will be allowed to live, how “healthy and safe” we will be required to be [see England's "Health and Safety" laws], what we will be allowed to do and how we will [not] be allowed to get around: for Teh Climate and teh Sustainability. And “Our Own Good.” Oh, and Teh Equity.
*Disclaimer: Some Public Planning is A Good Thing. Not putting stock yards next to The Shopping District is a Good Idea. But it is just too tempting a mechanism for the social engineers to take over and run every aspect of our lives via unelected and unaccountable Boards making “regulations and penalties” which have the force of Law without the accountability to The People of elected Law makers.
eg: in some counties it is illegal to have a non-water toilet. [composting/incinerating, etc.] Yes. The
Law Regulations force the citizenry to continue pooping into perfectly good — and increasingly scarce — drinking water. Because otherwise people would be able to build homes in areas They don’t want us to live in. For some reason. Some of those areas having been lived in for 100 years.