How to Talk About Cycling to a Conservative

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StuInMcCandless
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In Penna, you cannot fund mass transit from the motor fuel tax (PA Constitution, Article VIII, Section 11A), but my reading says you can have a Vehicle Miles Traveled tax. $1 per 1,000 miles traveled would raise $88 million, using PennDOT numbers. (I’ll see if I can dredge up the tweet.)

The point of the VMT is that it is not really a new tax, merely updating tax law to keep up with the times, since electric cars do not use motor fuel. A car is a car, whether powered by petroleum, steam, solar panels, a tiny nuclear reactor, or a bunch of hamsters turning a wheel in the trunk, so tax its road usage accordingly.

As to Carter/Reagan, remember the third party candidate in the 1980 election? (OK, maybe you wouldn’t.) John Anderson, a Republican from Illinois, advocated a 50-cent-a-gallon fuel tax. In today’s money, that’d be more like $1.50/gallon.


StuInMcCandless
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In Penna, you cannot fund mass transit from the motor fuel tax (PA Constitution, Article VIII, Section 11A), but my reading says you can have a Vehicle Miles Traveled tax. $1 per 1,000 miles traveled would raise $88 million, using PennDOT numbers. (I’ll see if I can dredge up the tweet.)

The point of the VMT is that it is not really a new tax, merely updating tax law to keep up with the times, since electric cars do not use motor fuel. A car is a car, whether powered by petroleum, steam, solar panels, a tiny nuclear reactor, or a bunch of hamsters turning a wheel in the trunk, so tax its road usage accordingly.

As to Carter/Reagan, remember the third party candidate in the 1980 election? (OK, maybe you wouldn’t.) John Anderson, a Republican from Illinois, advocated a 50-cent-a-gallon fuel tax. In today’s money, that’d be more like $1.50/gallon. Grand idea; nobody went for it.

Our descent into idiocy/insanity dates from that election.


sprite
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I do believe it is time for a singalong

http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/iolanthe/web_op/iol14.html


thehistorian
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Hmm. I got in trouble with a feminist once when I quoted Private Willis’ comment about not thinking much of a British soldier who wouldn’t help out a woman in distress. :-)

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