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June 4, 2014 California Commentary Mileage Tax Would Put Big Brother in Your Back Seat (and Within Arm's Reach of Your Wallet) by Jon Coupal California is known as the world capital of the car culture. The automobile played a central role in creating the California Dream, giving people the freedom to travel, to live where they choose and to-experience the exhilaration of the open road. Now, if Senator Mark DeSaulnier gets his way, you'll have to pay a new tax for every mile you drive.-His Senate Bill 1077 would begin with a "pilot program" in one unfortunate yet-to-be-determined city where motorists would pay taxes based on the miles driven. Eventually, the Democrat from Concord hopes to impose his mileage tax on all of us. Just as many Americans are expressing concerns about government surveillance programs that intrude on their privacy (think red ,light cameras and the NSA), the mileage tax would give state transportation bureaucrats access to data on where you go. Sen. DeSaulnier contends that the state needs the data to calculate your taxes but will keep the ,information safe. However, in the last year California state agencies, including the departments of Public Health and Social Services, were responsible for data breaches that compromised the personal information of thousands of Californians. Also, while SB 1077 is obviously a tax increase, DeSaulnier and his tax-raising buddies are trying to say it is a "fee" and not a tax. They know if they get away with calling it a "fee" they can pass it with a simple majority vote and increase it anytime they wish, all without needing to comply with Proposition 13's requirement that higher state taxes receive a two- thirds vote of the Legislature. This mileage tax will fall especially hard on those who live in suburbs or exurbs and have to commute long distances to work and it will discourage people from taking vacations. Instead of feeling free to explore, Californians will have to take a government meter with them, dinging them with more taxes every mile they travel. State policies have become increasingly hostile to drivers over the years and the mileage tax would just make things worse California has the highest gas taxes in the nation and gas prices are second only to Hawaii which, given its location in the middle of the ocean, makes fuel transportation expenses unavoidably high. California, sitting on huge oil reserves, can't claim that excuse. And even with ridiculously high taxes on gas that are supposed to be dedicated to roads, a Reason Foundation study ranks our state 47th out of 50 (with 50 being worst) for worst roads in the nation. This is because Sacramento politicians have continually raided gas tax funds to spend on unrelated pet projects. Free and fast movement of goods and people facilitates economic growth High taxes and congested roads only harm our economy and frustrate hard working citizens who simply want to get where they need to go. Sacramento must stop its bait and switch tactics with the gas tax and make better use of the considerable funds already provided. DeSaulnier's proposal. is just another tax increase and it takes us in the wrong direction. 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Humans could leap the length of a football field, if they had the same capability proportionate to their size. ACROSS 1 Winter woe 4 On in years 8 Decelerate 12 You can't stand to have one 13 Rid of rind 14 Comedy Central's ,t __ .0" 15 Pismire 16 Ear-related 17 Capri or Wight 18 Veep under Jefferson and Madison 21 "Of course" 22 Early love boat? 23 Check recipient 26 Raw rock 27 -- Mahal 30 Hot tubs 31 Average guy? 32 Precursor to Surrealism 33 Annoy 34 Energy 35 Chest wood 36 Shriner's topper 37 Resistance measure 38 "Syriana" Oscar winner 45 Long ride? 46 Physiques, S trange by samanha weaver BUT/TRUE It was beloved "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schutz who made the following sage observation: "Life is like a 10-speed bike Most of us have gears we never use." If you're like the average American, you will consume 22 pounds of lettuce this year. You might be surprised to learn that some fish can hibernate. 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If you pay attention to politics at all, you've almost certainly heard the term "gerrymander" used to describe the practice of carving up electoral districts in such a way that one party has an advantage. You probably don't know, though, how that term entered the lexicon. In 1812, a new district in Essex County, Massachusetts, was created, and a journalist thought the twisting boundaries caused the district to resemble a salamander. A cartoon highlighting the resemblance was created, and because the party that did the redistricting was led by Gov. Elbridge Gerry, the practice was dubbed "gerrymandering." Even the world's best high jumper is unable to stay in the air for more than a single second Before he became a comedian and actor, Bob Newhart worked as an accountant at the Illinois State Unemployment Office. Those who keep track of such things say that Elvis Presley had 18 TVs at Graceland. One of them was installed in the ceiling over his bed. 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