By J. D. Heyes – Natural News
(NaturalNews) Officials in the state of Oregon are considering making it the first in the nation to charge automobile owners for the miles they drive rather than collecting taxes at the fuel pump, a concept that ought to be dismissed out of hand as unconstitutionally restrictive of Americans’ right to travel freely.
Officials say the program is aimed at helping replenish state coffers used to pay for road and bridge projects and repairs, as money from gasoline taxes reportedly declines both in the state and around the country.
Interestingly, liberal politicians and environmental activists in states like Oregon have long complained about gasoline use in automobiles and have demanded that they be more efficient. Now that they are, they have created yet another problem for themselves and the nation as a whole: too little funding for highway infrastructure, hence the new funding scheme.
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