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Nevada Becomes Newest Battleground in Mileage Tax Debate
Posted By Elana Schor On April 9, 2010 @ 11:50 am In Cars,Economics,Gas Tax,Streetsblog Capitol Hill,Transportation Policy | 3 Comments
Nevada's state DOT is in the early stages of a years-long study  aimed at mapping a possible transition from the gas tax to a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee, a shift urged last year  by a congressionally chartered panel on infrastructure financing and encouraged by  Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).
The Nevada chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has decried  the study as a privacy risk, raising "serious questions about any VMT proposal that would set up what amounts to a perfect infrastructure for tracking citizens everywhere they go in their vehicles," while two regional transportation commissions have withdrawn  funding from the effort.
The Nevada Motor Transport Association , a trade group representing trucking and bus companies, also has spoken out against the concept of VMT charges, while business and labor interests are countering with support for the study under the umbrella of the Nevada Highway Users Coalition  (not connected to the American Highway Users Alliance ).
Local road users, meanwhile, appear to be divided on the merits of a move from gas taxes to mileage-based charging. From the Reno Gazette-Journal :
Gasing up one recent afternoon at a Reno service station, [Luiz] Garcia said he would probably be open to a mileage-based fee system to raise needed road funding.
"It seems like that would be fair," said Garcia, 48. "If you use, you have to pay."
Scott Deupree, 62, said he would be open to considering the possibility but would want to be sure fees wouldn't be added to existing gas taxes for an overall tax increase "on the sly."Roads "have got to be taken care of" and if a mileage fee is the most efficient way to do so, it might be a reasonable step, said 25-year-old Brandon Rasmussen of Carson City.
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URLs in this post:
 study: http://www.vmtfeenv.com
 urged last year: http://reinvestintransportation.apwa.net/subPage.asp?page=t16
 encouraged by: http://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1528
 JustGetThere: http://justgetthere.us/blog/uploads/GPS-tax-mileage.jpg
 has decried: http://www.aclunv.org/category/issue/privacy/vmt
 have withdrawn: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/apr/01/financial-partners-hit-brakes-black-box/
 Nevada Motor Transport Association: http://www.nmta.com/
 Nevada Highway Users Coalition: http://www.fixnvroads.com
 American Highway Users Alliance: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2009/07/20/know-your-road-lobbyists-the-american-highway-users-alliance/
 Reno Gazette-Journal: http://www.rgj.com/article/20100329/NEWS/3290325/Nevada-considers-charging-drivers-for-distance-traveled
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