Mileage Tax Will Bust My Budget

July 22, 2014

Letter to the Editor
letter-envelope-clip-artWake up Calvert County! The Vehicle Miles Travelled Tax is very real and headed for Maryland. Don’t let the Maryland Democrats fool you. It has already been implemented in Oregon and a pilot program is planned in California.

Can you imagine having a GPS tracker installed in your car that would monitor every mile you drive so that Maryland can charge you a mileage tax? How many of you commute over an hour to work each day?

We already pay more than 27 cents per gallon in gas tax to the State with another 3.5 cent increase in January 2015. By 2020, the Maryland Democrats want to track, monitor, and charge us for the miles we drive in addition to this ridiculously high gas tax!

The Maryland Democrats who support the VMT tax say it would help cut emissions and discourage driving. How many of us need to drive over an hour to work each day to support our families? If you work in Washington, DC, driving from the southern part of the county is approximately 65 miles. Let’s say the VMT tax is 5 cents per mile. That’s $6.50 a day / $32.50 per week / $130.00 per month / $1,560 per year in addition to the gas taxes you’re already paying. Can you afford $130.00 per month of your hard earned money going to the state of Maryland?

In 2014, Maryland Republicans supported House Bill 277, which prohibits a mileage tax. Maryland Democrats wouldn’t even let it out of committee – so nobody could vote on it! The Democrats want to tax hard working Marylanders for the miles we drive. This VMT tax is no good for Maryland.

Stephanie Coddington
Prince Frederick

67 Responses to Mileage Tax Will Bust My Budget

  1. Anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Will never happen.

    • Lizzie R. on July 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      How do you know that this will never happen? Are you a member of the Maryland State legislature?

    • Anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      It’s already happening in California and Oregon! What makes you think that it can’t happen here?

  2. Richard Bahlzach on July 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

    ah yes, another stepping stone toward the inevitable liberal utopia..taxtaxtaxtax..unicorns and rainbows, rolling hills and pastures of wild flowers, flowing white robes for all liberalrats…democrats are SCUM!….and a GPS to boot, track your every move, just like your cell products..

    • Barry on July 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      News flash there’s already a GPS tracker on every vehicle made after 2002!

      • Anonymous on July 23, 2014 at 7:56 am

        No their is not

        • Anonymous on July 26, 2014 at 11:27 am

          There

      • Richard Bahlzach on July 23, 2014 at 8:14 am

        *news flash* not mine!…and no there isn’t!..DA

        • Anonymous on July 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

          News flash – It’s called an event data recorder (EDR) and has the capability to track your vehicle like a GPS can.

          • Be cool on July 24, 2014 at 7:07 am

            EDR’s are not required or mandatory although many vehicles do have them. You might want to check the NHTSA before making such moronic claims.

        • Barry on July 23, 2014 at 8:43 am

          It’s called an Event Data Recorder (EDR) or Vehicle Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) and has the capability to track a vehicle like a GPS can. OBTW it’s a federal offense to remove it as well.

          • Richard Bahlzach on July 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm

            nope, still don’t have one

  3. Anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 10:42 am

    States out west have come to realize their tax revenue from gas taxes is dropping due to the increase in electric & hybrid vehicles…hybrid vehicles, when used as they were intended (primarily on surface roads with lower speeds), consume much less fuel. Oregon’s pilot program’ is to evaluate the feasability.

    As stated above, those who live more rural will individually bear more taxes as trips to anywhere (groceries, work, etc.) can be farther.

    Wouldn’t it be easier, and more fair to all, to add a ‘flat tax’ to vehicle registration? Better yet, add a special road use tax to hybrid vehicle registrations since they are not paying their fare share of road taxes through the purchase of fuel.

    • Barry on July 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      It would be easier and more fair to all to use our own oil and quit exporting it!

  4. Eric on July 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

    It’s good for the children’s safety to impose a mileage tax on us. Yeah if you are illegal folks then don’t worry about this since it doesn’t apply on you. US Citizens, nothing to see here move along! Pay your contributes to support your comrades, moving forward!

    • Richard Bahlzach on July 23, 2014 at 8:20 am

      hope & change!hope & change!hope & change!…god i hate librats

      • Jose on July 23, 2014 at 8:38 am

        Si se puede!

  5. Augie on July 22, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I put almost 60000 (yes that’s sixty thousand)miles a year on my car for work, I’m going to need a raise!

    • Richard Bahlzach on July 23, 2014 at 8:21 am

      like myself, you will need to move outta this cesspool.

  6. Anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    outrage!

  7. SOMDMarxist on July 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I bet you’re the same kind of idiot who also doesn’t want affordable public transit because it brings in the blacks.

    • anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Not to be racist but what happens to areas where predominately blacks migrate and/or live? It goes to s##t real quck. Look how waldorfs become and lexpark is not far behind! I’m speaking the truth. Call me racist but truth hurts.

    • ANONYMOUS16855555 on July 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Just wait till the “Purple” line comes to waldorf and see what it brings.

  8. Oh Poor You on July 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Stephanie, if you work in DC, there are mass transit buses that commute back and forth from DC to southern Maryland every day. You don’t need to drive. Most employers and the Fed Govt pay a subsidy for you to take it- up to $135.00 a month— So get out of your car and get on the bus. And maybe, driving should be painful. And the VMT would replace the gas tax. Don’t blame the democrats- I don’t see Republicans generating any revenue to pay for the garbage they want. Have you seen the conditions of the roads? Perhaps if more people took mass transit, we could do two things, clean up the environment, and reduce the amount of cars on the road.

    • Anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Let’s not forget people, what about when you take vacations, visits to Grandmas etc…and @ Oh Poor Me not everyone has the convenience of taking the commuter bus to and from DC! My husband isn’t a government worker who has a standard 9-5, he is essential during the winter months, and is on call a majority of the time! This is BS tax and those who do support it should just donate to the greedy A-Hole lawmakers once a year since it doesn’t seem to be any sweat off your backs!!!!

      • Oh poor you on July 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

        Well then move to dc. Then you will have mass transit and close to work and won’t need a car as much. When will this country learn to get off oil? When driving becomes expensive. And you know what? He can take the bus. They run for a little after 4am to after 7pm. Add up the cost of gas, maintenance and upkeep, and then see if $130 a month bus trip is worth it.

        • Anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm

          Not everyone wants to live in a city. You’re punishing the people who live outside the city and actually have to drive. Public transportation doesn’t reach every inch of this state.

        • Anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

          So just because people want to be greedy a law abiding citizen has to move for work? That’s a load of bull

        • anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

          Not everybody has the luxury of public transportation dumbass or wants to live in a “city” with a bunch of stupid liberal hippies like yourself. Smfh

          • Richard Bahlzach on July 23, 2014 at 8:25 am

            agreed

        • Cheywolf on July 23, 2014 at 8:42 am

          Not everyone has that option. And who the hell wants to live in the city. WTF is wrong with oh poor you? You probably don’t work sitting at home living off my tax dollars.

    • Eric on July 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      You need to remember this: We pay 5 times higher than what Californians pay for their roads. That’s so wrong.

    • anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      You are truly a moron. Stupid ass liberals

      • Paul on July 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm

        Ya beat me to it.

    • Barry on July 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Hello? In 2014, Maryland Republicans supported House Bill 277, which prohibits a mileage tax. Maryland Democrats wouldn’t even let it out of committee – so nobody could vote on it!

    • ANONYMOUS16855555 on July 23, 2014 at 8:38 am

      I take it you received your Rainbows and Unicorns from oblamo? This is what Susie kullen supports also….Remember in November!

      • Melissa Miller on July 23, 2014 at 11:29 pm

        Sue kullen does not support this! No candidate does! Remember this is a scare tactic during an election year.

        • overtaxed on July 25, 2014 at 7:21 am

          Of course Sue Kullen supports this! She voted for the greenhouse reduction bill which mandates the decrease in emissions by 25% by 2020. So what you’re saying is she didn’t understand the consequences of the bill she signed.

          • Educated Woman on July 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm

            SUE KULLEN DID VOTE FOR THIS AND SHE DID UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE WAS DOING! NO SCARE TACTIC. SHE’S MY AUNTS COUSINS AND SHE KNEW. SHE’S JUST AS GREEDY AS THE REST. NEVER TRU ST A POLITICIAN! THEY DONT GET WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE NORMAL LIVING NORMAL!

  9. SOMDCheekyMommy on July 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Response to Oh Poor You: Did you not read Stephanie’s letter at all? She’s not frustrated about driving or the fact that she has a two hour daily commute. She’s frustrated about another tax possibly being added to the long list of worthless taxes Marylanders already pay.

  10. homeboy on July 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    What a tree hugging hippie. The same people that day this tax should happen are the one’s who live in the city so it wouldn’t really effect them

  11. Mike S on July 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Regulate and tax marijuana already and we won’t need additional intrusive taxes such as this.

  12. Anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Why does everything have to be labeled Democrat or Republican. This idea does not make any sense, period. It does not matter which party it comes from. Marylanders need to be united, not separated by political parties.

    • Eric on July 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Liberal used this to divide and conquer Marylanders. Southern Marylandees will never get what need or want from Maryland because of those welfare queens are self-serving people. We need to file a divorce with Maryland then you will have a good point.

    • Barry on July 22, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Because in 2014, Maryland Republicans supported House Bill 277, which prohibits a mileage tax. Maryland Democrats wouldn’t even let it out of committee – so nobody could vote on it! The Democrats want to tax hard working Marylanders for the miles we drive.

  13. Paul on July 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Stop voting democrat Marylanders. Hell you guys are even taxing rain. Common sense has left the state a long time ago.

  14. overtaxed on July 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Welcome big brother! Once they get the gps in your car who knows what else they’ll decide to use it for!

    What is this tax funding? Not that anything earmarked for roads or schools is every used for its intended purpose…but who is on the receiving end of this?

  15. Melissa Miller on July 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Where are you getting this information? There is absolutely no vehicle miles tax being proposed in Maryland. You can’t develop a bill to ban a tax that doesn’t exist or is not even being proposed . No candidate for Either side would support such a thing. I challenge you Stephanie Coddington to tell me with facts who supports this legislation for such a tax. Obviously, this is a scare tactic created during in an election year. Let’s all stick to the issues including jobs,education,public safety and the bay. How do the candidates stand on those issues?? Please don’t just make crap up.

    • Anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      Vehicle Miles Traveled tax proposed | Politics – WBAL Home
      Vehicle Miles Traveled tax proposed VMT would tax miles driven; Opponents voice frustration … Maryland’s master transportation plan contains an option for a VMT tax.
      http://www.wbaltv.com/politics/vehicle-miles-traveled-tax...

      Go to this website Melissa or do an internet search. It is not a scare tactic.

      • Melissa Miller on July 23, 2014 at 11:33 pm

        It absolutely is a scare tactic! It had never been proposed . Wbal says sources say…. There is no source because it is not true. As I said I challenge anyone to find a candidate who has suggested this or supports it. It has not come up ! Gas mileage tax does not exist.

        • overtaxed on July 25, 2014 at 7:27 am

          Melissa – the mandate of the reduced emissions by 2020 has brought this to the forefront. It’s being discussed in committee. Let’s not wait until we’re all in line for our tracking devices to start confronting this issue. It is happening all around the country.

          A mandate is exactly that – it must be done. This 25% reduction number has never been fully explained. Why 25? Why not 100? Why not 10? What benefit are we getting from this very specific 25% reduction? And how will it be measured and what benefit will we gain from this? Not sure having to be taxed twice to drive is really of any benefit to anyone except the people who get to spend it.

  16. Anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Legalize cannabis and tax it. Problem solved.

  17. Mater on July 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    We all know this wont happen but if so im bailing out of this greedy state!

    • Anonymous on July 22, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Really? Did you think Maryland would pass legislation to decriminalize marijuana? Well it happened….thanks to the Dems.

  18. Barry on July 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Tax and spend that what liberal democrats do besides pass stupid laws like same sex public restrooms!

  19. Victory Rider on July 22, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I recently received a job offer in Florida and my wife and I are thrilled to leave the People’s Republic of Maryland. I love the Southern part of the state and some other areas but the political climate and those darn Obama voters will continue to vote color and freebies. Later gator!

    • Richard Bahlzach on July 23, 2014 at 8:32 am

      TAKE ME WITH YOU!..i have gas money..shh don’t let MD know i have some extra change in my pocket..

  20. mary on July 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    NO NO we do NOT need another tax we dying a slow tax death now

  21. Anonymous on July 23, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Have you ever picked your nose and like… Smelled your finger?

    • Richard Bahlzach on July 23, 2014 at 8:34 am

      you sound like the youth of this nations future..correct?

    • Barry on July 23, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Another low information voter.

  22. Anonymous on July 23, 2014 at 10:46 am

    November 4th is election day. Every vote matters.
    If you oppose this tax and ALL of the democrat tax tax tax policies then vote for anybody who isn’t a democrat.

  23. Anonymous on July 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    That’s great. In a state where public transportation (and the support of it, since no one likes taxes) is a bust – we’ll be taxed for driving? Why tax us for driving when we don’t even have a legit public transportation system, much less sidewalks? Tax the people for their own good, not for greed. On the flip side, you huge trucks suck down most of the gas, tear up the roads and ride everyone off of it. Maybe you should be taxed for being d-bags.

  24. Jimmy on July 23, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    The first thing Maryland govt. needs to do is learn to live within a budget. Instead the people who support these bills live in areas where they have mass transit or can walk to nearby stores or work. Hence they don’t mind the rest of us paying for it.

  25. Anonymous on July 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I really do not see how anyone could support this crap. All it’s going to do is run more people out of MD. I work for the federal government and where I live there isn’t a convenient mass transit option. Bunch of money hungry basterds.

  26. Ainsley on July 25, 2014 at 11:18 am

    At least we know there are folks in the Maryland legislature who oppose the vehicle mileage tax and are fighting for their constituents

    Here are the Maryland representatives that oppose the VMT:

    Delegates Justin Ready, Kathryn Afzali, Steven Arentz, Susan Aumann, Gail Bates, Don Dwyer, Donald Elliott, Mark Fisher, Ronald George, Glen Glass, Nancy Jacobs, Nicholaus Kipke, Susan Krebs, Susan McComas, Tony McConkey, Patrick McDonough, LeRoy Myers, Wayne Norman, Tony O’Donnell, Steven Schuh, Kelly Schulz, Michael Smigiel, Nancy Stocksdale, and Kathy Szeliga

    Everyone who OPPOSES the vehicle mileage tax is a Republican.

    Not one single Democrat supported the bill to stop a vehicle mileage tax. The reason is the Democrats are in FAVOR of the vehicle mileage tax.

    Here is the bill to stop the vehicle mileage tax:

    http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&stab=01&id=HB0277&tab=subject3&ys=2014RS

    Marylanders need to think long and hard about who we vote into office in 2014!

  27. chiefjoseph on July 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Maryland needs to drop the nickname “The Free State”