TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: CA DMV Chief Backs Tax by Mile

Re: CA DMV Chief Backs Tax by Mile
Fri, 3 Dec 2004 21:12:04 +0000 (UTC)

Lisa Hancock <> wrote:

> Sounds like it would be much easier to simply raise the gas tax. I
> can't help but wonder if they're even serious about this or if this is
> a joke.

The premise is that increased fuel efficiency has resulted in a loss
of gasonline tax revenue, while the number of miles driven has

If the gasonline tax had been a percentage of the sales price, instead
of a fixed amount, the revenue would have gone up, and no one would
have noticed.

The federal tax hasn't increased since 1997, and actually was reduced
in 2004 back to the 1993 level for 80% of the gas in California. The
state tax hasn't increased since 1994.

Raising the existing tax has no underlying implementation cost, just a
political one. Road maintenance has been underfunded in California
since Governor Jerry Brown decided that the revenue was best spent

Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley (Lake County) CA USA 38.8-122.5

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