Let’s bring this to a vote today, Speaker Boehner. Or better yet, let’s have Democrats put this at the center of their 2014 campaign, along with defending ObamaCare. Let’s get all the Democrats on record to see if they support this lunacy.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) on Tuesday re-introduced legislation that would require the government to study the most practical ways of taxing drivers based on how far they drive, in order to help fund federal highway programs.
Blumenauer’s bill, H.R. 3638, would set up a Road Usage Fee Pilot Program, which he said would study mileage-based fee systems. He cast his bill as a long-term solution for funding highway programs, and proposed it along with a shorter-term plan to nearly double the gas tax, from 18.4 cents to 33.4 cents per gallon.
“As we extend the gas tax, we must also think about how to replace it with something more sustainable,” Blumenauer said Tuesday. “The best candidate would be the vehicle mile traveled fee being explored by pilot projects in Oregon and implemented there on a voluntary basis next year.”
By all means, let’s have Oregon “voluntarily” implement this loony scheme and see how much the voters like it. Considering what a rousing success ObamaCare has been in Oregon, that state may soon turn red.
And you thought HealthCare.gov had problems.
Oregon’s state-run Obamacare exchange still isn’t working more than two months after its scheduled launch, and the state on Monday said a paltry 219 people have filed paper applications for private health insurance so far.
Making matters worse, the official in charge of Oregon’s disastrous health exchange website is now taking a medical leave amid harsh criticism of his job performance.