State Sen. Introduces Bill to Test Taxing Motorists per Mile

(Image Credit: KCAL9/CBS Los Angeles)

(Image Credit: KCAL9/CBS Los Angeles)

Roads are expensive and it takes a lot of tax dollars to maintain them. So, should those who drive more, pay more?

AS CBS Los Angeles reports, the California Legislature is considering a voluntary program that would tax motorists for every mile they drive.

Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) introduced the bill to test out a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax – mostly due to a drop in revenues from the current gas tax. People are driving cars that get better milage and that’s hurting the bottom line.

California’s program could be modeled after others in Oregon and Washington. Oregon’s program for example, charges volunteers 1.5 cents per mile.

“We want to do as Washington and Oregon have done in a much bigger state with much longer commutes…to make sure that we find out whether it would work, whether the public would like it or not,” DeSaulnier told CBS Los Angeles.

Click here to read more from CBS Los Angeles.

What do you think of a tax like this? Could it work in Alabama? Would you agree with one?

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