Yahoo’s headline “Trump signals he’s open to mileage tax with praise of Oregon program” suggests that Trump is exploring the idea of having to tax people for driving to work. I don’t think this is a good idea at all. I know people who are going to work one hour away from home because their circumstances don’t allow them to work any closer to home. The moral of having to tax a poor person to try to get to work is so weird and not making any sense in any way at all in my opinion.
In my opinion, the gas tax is already a transportation tax because the more people drive the more tax they have to pay since they have to pump more gas. Adding a mileage tax on to the top of the gas tax is like double taxing an individual. What’s worse the mileage tax will make a poor person pay even more than they could afford for just going to work.
Luckily, the gas prices aren’t so high at the moment and so the gas tax isn’t a problem. I remembered sometimes back in my area people were panic when gas prices jumped near $5 if my memory serves me right. If the gas prices are going to jump back to $4 or $5, how are people going to fare with mileage tax and gas tax at the same time?
In my opinion, I don’t think mileage tax will help spur the economy in any way, and this will make the economy poorer in the long term. I don’t think you have to use any imagination to guess that if people fear of driving far to get anything or to have any fun, how would this spur the economy overall? Malls may stay even emptier and local tourism may feel the strain.
Unreasonable mileage tax will drive the economy poorer. It would make poor people who have to drive far to get to work poorer. It would also put poor people in a position of finding less productive jobs that are closer to their living space, thus it would reduce their spending power in general. Basically, I don’t think it’s a good idea at all!