RICHVALE, CA —Today U.S. Representative Doug LaMalfa launched an online petition opposing the California Department of Transportation’s attempt to impose a mileage based tax on California motorists. The federal government is closely watching the California study and legislation has been introduced in Congress to duplicate the tax-per-mile study in other states. Stopping the tax in California will halt the push to make this a nationwide program.
Starting in July of 2016, the Department of Transportation will begin a pilot program named “California Road Charge" that will attach devices to 5,000 participant vehicles to measure the number of miles driven and collect payment for those miles. The ultimate goal is to expand the program further to all registered vehicles and will create a brand new bureaucracy rather than focus on better use of the fuel consumption tax method in place now. The end goal of this program is more money and control for the government, less money in the hands of tax paying families.
“Having Sacramento liberals attach tracking devices to our cars is a gross invasion of personal privacy,” said LaMalfa. “North State residents often commute longer distances to attend work, school, doctor visits and pick up groceries. This tax hits our community disproportionately hard. I am committed to putting a stop to this intrusion and my online petition is the first step to doing that. If California's road's and highways need more funds for repairs perhaps the government should put a stop to the $100 Billion High Speed Rail project.”
Individuals interested in signing the online petition can visit Congressman LaMalfa’s website at www.DougLaMalfa.com.