Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Car Tax SB108

Blog Post Car Tax

The Democrats are proposing a series of fee increases to raise revenue (taxes) for transportation in Colorado this year.

The plan includes registration fee increases, a new tolling authority, an effort to institute a charge for how many miles you drive, called a MBR or mileage base revenue, and an additional two dollars per day on each rental car rented in Colorado.

The tolling would be allowed anywhere the local governments wanted tolling to be allowed. The MBR is designed to become a new way to raise money for roads in the future. The big hit right now is the registration increase which will be $41 to $51 for most cars every year.

Yes, we need to spend more on our roads. I’ve offered many ways to do that without raising taxes.

I just can’t believe that anyone would think that it is okay to raise taxes (fees) by $260 million a year during a recession.

Haven’t they studied the Great Depression? Does anyone understand basic economics?

This is easy to grasp: when you have lost your job, you don’t start a major renovation project on your house. You fix what you absolutely have to fix, but you concentrate on the really important stuff, like feeding the kids and paying the light bill. Eventually you’ll get back on your feet and can start tackling the big projects.

Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

We will come out of this recession sooner or later; I hope sooner.

Then we will have increasing revenue and we need to properly prioritize it so that our infrastructure is taken care of.

1 comment:

  1. Senator,
    You’re making an assumption in your ($82) figures that a family only owns 2 cars. I have 2 young adults who drive car registered to me because the insurance costs are much cheaper that way. The cost of this bill for my family would be $174.00 per year.

    Another issue is that many of Colorado's poorer residents drive "full size cars" because the cost of buying newer smaller cars is cost prohibitive in this financial environment. Those people who make less money may end up being the biggest contributors to this new tax. How does this fit into the Democratic philosophy that the rich should bear the larger share of the tax burden?