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San Diego plotting to tax drivers 'into submission' with new highway mileage toll
San Diego paves way for highway mileage tax
San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond voices opposition against the California county’s plan to tax highway drivers for every mile with a new tolling system.
As California’s second most populous county prepares to convert 800 miles of highway roads into toll lanes, one local leader is sounding off on the plan that will tax residents "into submission."
"They're trying to tax us into submission, into using mass transit," San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond said on "Varney & Co." Thursday. "They have this huge $165 billion mass transit plan for the future, and that's going to be buses and trains and things like that, and they want to tax us into submission."
San Diego County’s Regional Transportation Agency (SANDAG) approved plans to add three new half-cent sales tax increases, more than 800 miles of San Diego County freeway lanes converted to toll lanes, and a mileage tax for every mile driven "to make driving so expensive that you succumb to public transportation," Desmond previously wrote in a Fox News op-ed.
Instead of building proposed road improvements, according to Desmond, this move will continue to tax drivers through 2048.
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"Charging fees for the transportation infrastructure that people use – for example, charging users for each mile they drive on the highway – can change travel behavior," SANDAG’s financial statement reads.