Thursday, November 30, 2006

No transmitter for us, thanks.

There is no way I'd go for this new plan on taxing gasoline to benefit the Department of Transportation budget. According to today's Tennessean State Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville) is proposing that we install transmitters in our cars that will tell the gas pump how far you've driven.

Anyone else concerned about the possible privacy issue having a government transmitter in our cars might become?

How expensive is it going to be to install this transmitters in cars let alone every gas pump in the state?

It never occurred to him to consider having to report the odometer reading at tag renewal time? Of course the odometer in our '91 Grand Marquis hasn't worked for a long time so I guess we'd have to get that fixed.

Drew's right again:

Still, the idea of a program that would ensure money goes to highways is attractive to Drew Johnson, president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. "It would be positive if money meant for the road fund will go toward the road fund instead of general needs, as it has been," Johnson said.
It's not a novel idea but it's certainly one that our legislators and governor regularly fail to do. I think we should start there. Make sure the TDOT money isn't used for other projects and then evaluate whether TDOT really needs more money. Maybe they should be using Dave Ramsey's envelope system.

And thanks for the reminder that I'm already paying 21.4 cents per gallon in taxes.

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