September 28, 2012
The Tom Roten Morning Show...Mornings from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., on News Radio 800 WVHU/1600 WZZW.
The West Virginia Senate is at it again! The fact that WV motorists already pay one of the highest gasoline taxes in the country just isn't enough for them. Now they want more of YOUR money according to a bill that's advancing:
"Individual vehicle miles traveled are expected to grow faster than fuel consumption in the coming decades; therefore, alternative funding mechanisms based on alternative funding sources such as vehicle miles traveled for roads and highways will provide a more stable source of revenue;"
So because vehicles today are getting more miles per gallon, the amount of actual gas tax revenue is going down. Therefore the geniuses in the WV Senate, led by Sen. Bob Plymale (D-Wayne), want to tax you for each mile you drive!
Gov. Tomblin ordered the creation of a Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways last summer to study the funding of the state’s highway system. That report is due in early May, but, until then, it’s still up to the Senate Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to consider legislation related to roads.
One bill the committee is considering would create a new study on taxing by mileage, but some Senators worry the study would duplicate what the commission is trying to do.
Senate Bill 354, a bill sponsored by Sen. Robert Plymale of Wayne County, directs the Commissioner of Highways to conduct a study on alternative sources of revenue to fund the state highways. - (WV Public Broadcasting)
According to the story, Plymale "said this study would focus on taxing based on the miles a vehicle travels on the road instead of the amount of fuel purchased, something he said the commission hasn’t considered.
Read the text of the bill from the WV Legislature website. Here's more text from the bill:
"If, instead, fuel taxes are replaced with an alternative
funding source, such as fees based on vehicle miles traveled,
in 2015 at an initially revenue-neutral rate, receipts will
increase by thirty-three percent over the same period,
growing from $36 billion to $47 billion;"
This has cleared the Senate and is in the House. Call your Delegates TODAY and tell them NO, we do not want GPS tracking devices in our private property!