California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a a tax on the miles Californians drive, not the amount of gas they buy. The proposal is intended to generate extra revenue for transportation funding from owners of high efficiency vehicles, such as economy cars and hybrids, that use less fuel and pay less overall in gasoline taxes.
And how would California keep track of mileage? With global positioning satellites and sensors on cars.
Via San Diego’s
It’s a looming problem as hybrids become more popular, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s government-reform commission has come up with a solution: Tax motorists based on the miles they drive, not the amount of gas they consume.
The idea from the California Performance Review is just that at this point: an idea. It would have to go through extensive debate to come to fruition.If the Governor doesn’t want stupid ideas to make it into the media maybe he ought to consider vetting the information his appointees put out. Chalk this one up to a trial balloon that ran out of air on release…