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Here's a few more ideas. How about we end the federal gas tax entirely, road maintenance is a state/local issue. How about ALL money collected from gas taxes be segregated, and can ONLY be spent on road maintenance and construction. Also, require that ALL contracted jobs use a competitive bidding process, with all the received bids becoming part of the public record once the job is awarded. Many places just dump the gas tax money into the general fund, where it gets spent on just about everything except roads. When the money is spent on roads, the jobs are no-bid, or the bids are forever sealed after the job is awarded, and we have to take the politicians' word that they got the best deal. This "charge by the mile" scheme wouldn't change any of that. There's plenty of money out there already for roads. As usual, the core of the problem is the politicians and the bureaucracy.
taxation without representation. Which will probably be the grounds for the inevitable court challenge this thing will face.
all of it!" Cough, bull!@#$, Cough. Computers are only as useful as the data that's put into them. How do I know that the computer I'm relying on is correct? It would be impossible for me to double check all of the data. If it's wrong, my butt's in a sling. There is another aspect to this that few seem to be considering. This bill makes my business in GA accountable to tax collectors (and the politicians who command them) in Ohio. Why is this a problem? Because I can vote in GA. I cannot vote in Ohio. At least some GA politicians are accountable to me and might actually listen to any complaints I may have. You think a politician in Ohio is going to give a rat's @$$ about my grievances? My point is, this sounds an awful lot like...
Let's say I own a business in GA. Before this bill: B&M-only - I only have to worry about keeping up with 2-3 sales tax jurisdictions which change rarely. State, County, and/or City. B&M+online or online-only (all facilities in GA) - Same. I only have to collect the sales tax myself if the customer happens to reside in GA. Not perfectly fair, but not horribly lopsided either. After this bill: B&M-only - No Change. B&M+online or online-only (all facilities in GA) - I now have to keep track of literally thousands of jurisdictions that are constantly changing. Any one of which can come gunning for me if I happen to make a mistake in the accounting. Doesn't seem very level to me. Now, for those who think "Computers will take care of...
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