To the Editor:
Tax, tax, tax! When will Vermont politicians stop talking about taxing the people? We are ranked 49th in economic outlook, we have increased taxes by $644 million over the past 5 years, and we have some of the highest property taxes in the nation. Recently, our Lt. Governor, Phil Scott, discussed the idea of implementing a mileage tax. This tax would require that Vermonters report the number of miles they drive and pay a tax in relation to that number. This tax is a response to increases in innovation of fuel efficient vehicles that affect revenue received from carbon and gas taxes.
This is ridiculous! This is an example of politicians snuffing technological advancements and innovating their own way of forcing money out of the pockets of hard working Vermonters.
This tax carries a lot of privacy rights baggage as well. With the discussion of this tax comes a discussion of how to measure mileage and some of that discussion has led to talk of GPS tracking. I imagine an Orwellian future of the government knowing where I'm going at all times and how long it takes me to get there, all in the name of taxes that I can't afford. If this is the kind of discussion that Phil Scott is willing to have then I'll gladly talk to the other Republican Gubernatorial candidate: Bruce Lisman. Lisman is a business man and he understands that if you overtax the people then they won't have any capital to improve their own lives. Vermont politicians haven't been respecting the taxpayers.