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San Diego County’s Regional Transportation Agency’s (SANDAG) latest transportation plan is designed to make driving so expensive that you succumb to public transportation. In addition to the current gas tax and registration fees, SANDAG’s plan adds three new half-cent sales tax increases, over 800 miles of San Diego County freeway lanes converted to toll lanes, and a mileage tax for every mile driven to pay for their $165 billion public mass transit plan.
SANDAG’s new plan refuses to build the road improvements promised in their last plan but will continue to tax us until 2048 to pay for them.SANDAG’s finance plan states, “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 finance plan states, “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.”
The writer notes that the money received from freeway dollars, gas tax dollars, and registration fees, which is intended for road improvements, will instead pay for costly public mass transit projects that less than 3% of the public uses.
The result: those who are championing for “social equity” by pushing the mass transportation are ultimately going to hurt the lower income earners the most.
“Government should embrace what most people are already choosing, and make it cleaner, safer, and more efficient. The people have spoken, they choose freedom of movement and not broken promises or additional taxes,” Desmond wrote.
OPINION: San Diego wants to tax people out of their cars and into public transportation https://t.co/OQdL0ZVUDG
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 25, 2023
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