The taxes in California are so bad that even Bill Maher has said the state may lose him. California has been seeing an exodus of businesses and citizens for quite some time – losing them mostly to “red” states.Apparently, the state hasn’t learned from its mistakes, and is going to continue to justify the nickname “Taxifornia.”
The Washington Examiner reports:California next month will start charging drivers by how much they drive, a test program meant as an alternative to the nation’s policy of taxing gasoline as a way to pay for highway construction.
People who drive more are already paying more into the pot – because they’re consuming more gasoline, and therefore paying more gasoline tax. California’s gasoline tax is already one of the highest in the nation – and nearly 35 percent higher than the average state’s.
Funding for national and state transportation projects is drying up nationwide as the gas tax, long the nation’s primary source of road funding, is no longer providing enough revenue as vehicles become more fuel-efficient and people drive less.So California, frequently a leader on environmental and transportation issues since it’s the nation’s largest state, will test an alternative: charging drivers a fee based on how many miles they travel instead of charging them at the gas pump.
In 2014, the Golden State passed legislation directing a study into charging drivers a mileage-based fee. Under the nine-month pilot, set to start in July, 5,000 volunteers will report and simulate payment for the amount of miles they travel.
I (Matt Palumbo) can’t help but wonder how wet the slippery slope on this policy is. Will we start rewarding those who drive to the gym with tax cuts, and punishing those who drive to McDonalds?Hopefully Michelle Obama doesn’t take that question as a suggestion…
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]