Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Texas transportation tax increases may be coming soon
If you just registered your vehicle for $72, it would have been $147 with the new $60 mobility improvement fee and $15 vehicle emissions fee.
New taxes are one step closer to becoming reality, folks, because the Transportation Committee just approved SB 855 and is sending it onto the general senate.
Florence Shapiro, my senator in Plano, voted for it. Please call Florence and tell her if you want new taxes:
Florence Shapiro - Collin County Office: (972) 403-3404
The new taxes:
* A county gas tax of up to 10 cents per gallon
* A parking fee up to $1 per hour
* A "mobility improvement fee" up to $60
* An annual emissions fee up to $15
* A driver's license fee of up to $24
* A roadway impact on initial vehicle registration fee up to $250
If you just registered your vehicle for $72, it would have been $147 with the new $60 mobility improvement fee and $15 vehicle emissions fee, which are both coming if we don't stop it.
And the $.10 gas tax coming to Collin County residents won't have to be voted on to be increased. It won't be long before our 38.4 cent gas tax looks like California's 63.9 cent gas tax.
The same liberal Democrats who complain about toll roads are all on board with this massive increase in taxes coming our way for expensive rail that will carry 1% of the population. What's worse is there are many Republicans like Florence Shapiro who support massive tax increases to pay for expensive rail that carries a tiny, tiny number of people.
Hey, why not use the taxes we already have for gas and vehicle registration fees only for the roads versus having it raided by the general fund? And how long do you think it will be before these new taxes start getting diverted to other things, like healthcare?
Texas state spending has gone up 45% between 2003 and 2008! If you feel transportation funding is important, then make sure the current mobility taxes we already have are going only to transportation.
To see what are future looks like, just look at California. If we continue to raise taxes and waste our money on ridiculous government boondoggles, we will be California before you know it.
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