Letter to the Editor – Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax Will Hurt Calvert

July 8, 2014

Calvert-CountyThe State of Maryland is talking new taxes – again!

Maryland is considering a Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax or “VMT”. In other words, Marylanders who own a car or truck would be charged a tax on every mile that you drive. What is remarkable about this proposed tax is that it does not replace the gas tax. Rather, it is in addition to it!

Why would anyone suggest this VMT tax when we’re already paying some of the highest gas taxes in the Nation? How will the State of Maryland monitor the number of miles that you drive? Will they install a GPS on every car and truck?

As I researched this issue, I learned the Vehicle Miles Traveled tax is borne out of House Bill 315, the so-called Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Reduction Act of 2009. As a result of this legislation, Maryland is proposing new and additional methods of taxing energy usage like electricity and gasoline.

Sue Kullen voted for this legislation.

Sue Kullen’s vote resulted in a proposed Vehicle Miles Traveled tax, which could monitor where we drive, how much we drive, and how much electricity we use.

Today, working families continue to struggle in this state with burdensome taxes, fees and regulations. Isn’t enough – well, enough? These out of control “tax and spend” policies and the politicians who promote them are wrecking the budgets of hardworking families, wreaking havoc on our personal freedoms and pushing us further into debt.

Calvert residents deserve a representative in Annapolis who will fight against more taxes, fees, and government intrusion.

Nick Bowen
Chesapeake Beach

10 Responses to Letter to the Editor – Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax Will Hurt Calvert

  1. Ericas on July 8, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Divorce Maryland is the only solution. Anything else is impossible, Maryland will tax us to death no matter what they are doing.

  2. Ryan on July 8, 2014 at 8:04 am

    The only issue I have with Mr. Bowen’s letter is the last line. It should read “Maryland residents deserve a representative in Annapolis who will fight against more taxes, fees, and government intrusion.” Someone with some “cajones” should pass legislation to sequester PG County and Baltimore in with the District so that the rest of Maryland will actually benefit from the taxes that we pay.

  3. lohmar on July 8, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Just another way to get middle class people to leave Maryland to the very rich and the very poor.

    • Anonymous on July 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      i’ll be leaving soon but not soon enough.

  4. Barry on July 8, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Is this really a surprise to anyone? I mean this is the Socialist Republic of Maryland. This is what liberals do – tax and spend.

  5. anonymous on July 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Sue Kullen you’re a dumba$$.

  6. ANONYMOUS3 on July 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Kullen is a Loon!! We do not need her sorry a$$ back in Taxapolis!

  7. Anonymous on July 8, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    And the State of Maryland wants to know why so many people are leaving the state (I believe, not sure, that Maryland is listed in the top 5 on people leaving)…Don’t they understand that if we had more money in our pocket we may be more willing to spend money on other things which would still provide a tax base. Nope….we must tax more so we can spend more due to the fact that Annapolis is totally fiscally irresponsible with OUR money. I wouldn’t be surprised if they, the politicians in Annapolis, are exempt from this tax.

  8. Anonymous on July 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Of course this will hurt the more rural counties where people cannot walk to the store, work, church, library or a friend’s house. What about when you go on a trip to another state? Why should I pay a fee to MD for miles I drove in VA and NC. Keep your darn hands out of my pockets!

  9. Anonymous on July 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I actually rent moving trucks here in Calvert and I see it first hand that people are leaving the state and heading to Tennessee, Delaware, Florida, S.C., N.C., and even South Dakota and many say they are leaving because of the taxes. So the idiots in Annapolis are expecting a larger tax base from us but the way I see it unfolding less people equals a smaller tax base. We sure could use Louis Goldstein now!!