Government Comes First…

…the citizens come last. We must feed the beast – we must work harder for the greater glory of the benevolent state.

More evidence that when people do the right thing, government can’t be counted on to do the same:

Motorists face having to pay increased road tax as the Treasury considers plans to claw back hundreds of millions of pounds in revenue that will be lost as drivers opt for greener cars.The Daily Telegraph has learnt that government officials have begun private discussions with the motoring industry and drivers’ groups about an overhaul of the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rules.
The talks come as ministers try to prevent a fall in tax revenues as more motorists choose smaller, cleaner cars that incur a lower rate of duty. Labour has accused the Coalition of planning a “stealth tax” on drivers, effectively punishing them for going green.
Ministers say that while they have not finalised their plans, changes may be necessary to ensure the “sustainability of the public finances”.

Of course, that is from the UK – but the theme is universal…you can try to cut back and save but the government just can’t. The public is constantly asked to sacrifice but we never see government doing the same.

Pay up sucker.

A while back, we noted that here:

We all are bombarded with a similar situation with respect to electric and hybrid vehicles. We are told that we must convert in order to save the environment. The federal government even offers incentives to purchase them but in yet another sterling example of pre-planning and forethought, governments are now figuring out that less gas usage = fewer revenues from gas tax.  So what’s a jilted government to do?

This:

Drivers of electric cars may have left the gas pump behind, but there’s one expense they may not be able to shake: paying to maintain the roads.

After years of urging residents to buy fuel-efficient cars and giving them tax breaks to do it, Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure to charge them a $100 annual fee — what would be the nation’s first electric car fee.

State lawmakers grappling with a $5 billion deficit are facing declining gas tax revenue, which means less money to maintain or improve roads.

“Electric vehicles put just as much wear and tear on our roads as gas vehicles,” said Democratic state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, the bill’s lead sponsor. “This simply ensures that they contribute their fair share to the upkeep of our roads.”

I don’t have a problem with electric/hybrid owners paying to maintain the roads, what I do have an issue with is the solons of wisdom in our elected offices not figuring this out before someone goes and spends $50K on a Toyota Prius, a Chevy Volt or a Nissan Leaf. Sure, if you are going to spend that much cheddar on a ride,  laying out another 100 bucks is not going to break a sweat but it is just another example of consumers stepping up, doing what they think is right and then getting penalized for it. The public is constantly asked to sacrifice but we never see government doing the same.

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