The Car Tax

So what is going on at the Golden Dome in Denver? Here is a small, but important item. Information sent by State senator Greg Brophy.

The Car Tax

What you saw at the Capitol these past couple weeks
was a classic example of concentrated versus
diffused interests.

Mike Rosen gives examples of this all the time on
his show, and speaking of Mike, he should have
taken his own advice and stuck
with Greenburg and Associates; then no one would
have made off with his
money.

The concentrated interests are the contractors and
business communities that benefit from state
expenditures on roads. The diffused interests are
the regular tax
payers who foot the bill for this fee (tax) increase.

The tax increase amounts to a quarter of a billion
dollars a year, so you can see why the contractors
are interested. It means $41 to you for each regular
sized
car and $51 for a pickup or bigger SUV.

It’s probably not worth your coming to the
Capitol to complain about $82 in registration fee
increases a year (two
cars), but for sure the road construction guys are
interested in their share
of an extra quarter billion dollars.
Diffused (tax payers) versus concentrated (tax
receivers).

The bill also allows for tolling of existing roads
just to raise revenue. We took that
part out on Wednesday morning and after the four
Democrats who sided with the
14 Republicans had their arms twisted all through
lunch, they voted to put it
back in during the afternoon session.

We also took out of the bill the provision that
would allow the state to tax you for every mile
driven by putting a GPS
transponder in your car. I expect them
to try to put that provision back in during
discussion in the House.

For sure, we need to spend more money on roads.
I’ve offered many ideas to do just
that, such as the Plus One idea from last year,
which gradually put
transportation funding into the general budget and
built the amount up to a
billion a year additional spending over ten years.
It would work if given a try.

Remember, we didn’t get to this overall road
condition overnight and we won’t solve the problem
for ever overnight.

And, I think it is really important to note that
only a fool would raise taxes during a recession.

We also need to come up with a fair way to pay for
roads in the future.

One of these days, people may be driving fully
electric cars. They won’t pay
much in fuel taxes will they? Heck, I drive
a Prius, so I don’t pay nearly as much as I used to
pay. During the period of $4 gas, I left my
pickup parked as much as possible.
We’ll see that again, I’m afraid.

I’d trade the gas tax for something else.

Bob Beauprez suggested a sales tax on all items as a
trade for the gas tax. It would work.

I have been thinking about an annual stamp on a
driver’s license; kind of like my elk hunting stamp
on my conservation
certificate. Get away from the car,
after all, a lot of people, especially farmers own
lots of cars, and
concentrate on the individual driver.
You can only drive one vehicle at a time; seems
fairer to me than this
increase on all car registrations.

Then the question comes up, when to collect it?
Happy Birthday, you owe the state $150 for
your road stamp! Maybe the fourth
Monday in October would work, that way if the stamp
costs too much, the
voters would revolt.

I am a rural guy, and I always will be. Any idea
that I support will not harm my
neighbors.

I’ve been blogging at
http://www.SenatorBrophy.blogspot.com you can get shorter
and more timely stuff
there.

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