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Published: Sunday, May 5 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Oh good. Another tax suggested by the GOP which would hurt the middle-class and poor the hardest. Heaven forbid richies pay a lil more or GE actually pay some tax. Gotta keep those billion dollar record profits coming while fleecing the poor!

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

While I agree the current policy of taxing per gallon purchased is a victim of vastly improved fuel consumption efficiency. I am not sure taxing per mile driven is desirable. I adamantly oppose GPS tracking.

What is the goal? To decrease mileage overall by automobiles? The tax the mileage, however with less miles driven, cars will last longer and that will impact the automobile manufacturing industry. It will also have a negative effect on gasoline sales, as well as the casual shopping and dining industry. You get the idea.

Is the goal to increase tax revenue for road specific maintenance, repair and replacement? Then I suggest sales tax be a percentage of the sale price and not pegged to the gallons purchased, AND not channeled into any other project i.e., light rail, mass transit of any kind, airports ferries, nothing but roads. The amount of the gas tax can be set based upon the expected road repairs for a several year period as set by legislature.

A side effect of the latter would force lawmakers to fund mass transit as a separate entity and the public can see what a Trax ride really costs.

Allisdair
Thornbury, Vic

My little feul effecient car pays less tax for road repair however it does less damage to the road than an F100, so a straight tax per mile isn't fair.

Nothing wrong with a GPS system if it takes into account size of vehicle and time and location. It cost a lot less for roads to drive in the country than downtown in peak hour. My phone tracks where I am all the time, so there is no privacy already

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "The Real Maverick" how would replacing the gas tax at the pump with an odometer based tax hurt the poor? In some ways it could help the poor because they typically drive older, less efficient cars, and unless the tax considered the type of car being driven, they could actually pay less for fuel than they otherwise would.

Something will need to be done as more hybrid and all electric cars are put on the road. The GPS thing is worrisome because of the data that can be collected.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

Don't people who drive more already pay more taxes? Am I missing something? Why does the government need to know where we drive and for how long? Is that why we have that huge complex south of Camp Williams? Do they intend to keep records on all of us there?
OK, I'm kidding I guess, but the less government knows about individuals who are not doing anything wrong/against the law, the better!
So if you want to tax a hybrid do it when it's purchased, but keep our travels out of the government hands!
Talk about big government!

NorthboundZax
Makanda, IL

oh, come on. if there is a shortfall due to low gas taxes, it doesn't mean there needs to be a complete overhaul of the system - and to something far more invasive. just raise the gas tax a bit. problem solved.

1covey
Salt Lake City, UT

Going to track mileage on boats, lawnmowers, other gas operated machinery? hybrids use energy; it would be easier to tax those energy sources as well as gasoline.

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