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Bad way to raise revenuePosted Friday, January 2, 2009, at 2:29 PM
Oregon officials are considering a proposal to tax drivers based on how many miles they travel -- an attempt to raise more money as Americans cut their driving and expenditures.
I can see their point, but can also see problems ahead if such a proposal passes.
Officials told the Associated Press that all new cars would carry GPS transponders which would transmit only minimal information such as time (rush hour vs. other periods) and if drivers left the state, not detailed information on travels.
They also claim that driving history wouldn't be stored and couldn't be accessed by law enforcement agencies. Considering recent history in Tennessee, I find that hard to believe.
I don't know the best way to increase road tax revenue. But what amounts to tracking Americans' movements is going too far.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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