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Car RamRod
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You folks in Ma get taxed to death! Now they are after more. See the email links at the bottom, and fight this national trend. States are seeing fuel tax revenue lowering because some of us are saving fuel. Now they are trying to make up for it. The Feds mandate that we save fuel, so we can pay MORE taxes??? Rediculous!

The below was copied from the latest SEMA Action Network newsletter:


Massachusetts Considers Pilot Program to Tax Cars for Miles Traveled

Legislation (H.B. 3142) to establish a pilot program to impose a vehicle mileage user fee administered by the Department of Transportation was introduced in Massachusetts. This bill is intended to supplement the gas tax and implement alternative ways to raise transportation revenue for the state. Under the bill, the Department must report to the legislature on the feasibility of permanently assessing a vehicle mileage user fee. The pilot program would include at least 1,000 drivers of trucks, passenger and commercial vehicles. These drivers would have on-board vehicle-mileage-counting equipment installed on their vehicles which can report the number of miles traveled. Payments would be collected from participants.

We Urge You to Contact the Joint Transportation CommitteeMembers (List Below) Immediately To Request Their Opposition to H.B. 3142
•H.B. 3142 seeks to penalize national efforts to create a more fuel efficient vehicle fleet. As gas tax revenues decrease due to hybrid and electric vehicle ownership, states are looking for new sources of funding for pet projects.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Massachusetts Joint Transportation Committee immediately to request their opposition to H.B. 3142.
Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at [email protected]. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

Massachusetts Joint Transportation Committee
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I'm not from MA, but here are my comments.

On board mileage computer, really? how much will that cost to implement? Although I am against this tax, lets say they were to pass the bill, why couldn't they just get the mileage reading from the license bureau upon registering your plates/tags? Onboard electronic monitoring, are you serious? Cut the crap. Every year you renew your plates, the official checks your odometer, and every year when you renew, you pay the "tax".

Seems like society takes 1 step forward every year, and 4 steps backwards every month.
 

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Car RamRod
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probably a doodad that plugs into the OBD port just like the Progressive insurance deal.
Not in my car! I cannot believe there is enough support for this crap. This is the 4th state to try this (I think)...why not just raise the fuel tax? I do not get it.
 

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How did it fare in the other three?

-Dennis-
 

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Although not from Ma i am very close here in CT. We Also have high taxes, but to have my mileage monitored i don't think so. I wonder who sits around and thinks this stuff up?????
 

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It did not make it out of commitee here. Just disturbing that so many states are trying to get into our pockets.
 

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hence the nickname Taxachusetts. this state taxes everything. i've learned to live with it.
 
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