27 cents or 29 cents or whatever
It has to be a trial balloon
to shock the public
into supporting toll hikes. ... Nothing against a more equitable gas-tax increase coupled with true reforms and elimination of tolls. But as the up-in-arms Armchair Gen. Savin Hill puts it:
According to published reports, part of Gov. Patrick's transportation plan is, and I quote:
"Trips would be measured by a chip installed in a vehicle inspection sticker as soon as 2014"
There is no way in Hell I am living in a state that will track my personal movements -- and bill me for them. The fact that government officials would even propose this leads me to seriously consider moving out of this state.
This is the most incredible intrusion of privacy I've ever heard of.
Doesn't the gas tax by definition force heavy drivers to pay more? But that's not the point. They really want to keep that toll revenue, in one guise or another. ... P.S. - A certain former AG
warns of another “Big Dig run amok” with the expected influx of federal stimulus money. The same applies to new state gas-tax revenue.Update
-- Someone at UH
makes a good point: Electric cars of the future, assuming they or other alternative-energy vehicles take off, won't be needing gas, thus the chip. Not that I like the chip. It's creepy. But now I understand the rationale.Update II
-- Outraged Liberal
says the 'unleaded balloon' is already snagged in the trees.