It used to be when tax revenues fell, the State tightened its belt.
Today when tax revenues fall, the State tightens the noose.
The State knows gas is going to become exponentially expensive given that we have started three wars in the middle east and we have basically halted new domestic oil production in this country. This will eventually lead to people buying electric cars.
As a solution to this, the State has decided its best if it tracks everything you do with your vehicle and then send you a bill which you must pay.
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for 500 people to test technology that could someday be used to collect a mileage-based user fee.
Mn/DOT anticipates a fee on road usage might someday be necessary as more fuel efficient and hybrid cars are on the road, decreasing revenue from the gas tax…
“We are researching alternative financing methods today that could be used 10 or 20 years from now when the number of fuel efficient and hybrid cars increase and no longer produce enough revenue from a gas tax to build and repair roads.”
Never mind that such a system entails placing a tracking device on your vehicle. You don’t have any privacy rights anyways serf.
Of course, such road repair could be accomplished by simply having the State sell off the roads to private investors and allow them to deal with collecting fees to manage the roads, but that would be ridiculous.
Private companies might manage the roads better for a cheaper cost. This would make other States look bad. Obviously this is a big no no.
Economist Walter Block explains why the State is a demonic entity that should never be put in charge of something as important as our roadways: