MASS. Town to decide SUV tax-'behavior modification'

Yep-more of big brother deciding what's best for you.

http://wbztv.com/local/local_story_089185339.html

My favorite line/quote from the article(caps mine):

"I do think it's a good idea. You can use taxes to create incentives. And the fact that SUVs contribute more to global warming-I HOPE IT MOTIVATES THE RIGHT KIND OF BEHAVIOR", said Ken Pucker.

No votes yet

"A town meeting member proposed the hike because of the impact larger vehicles have on the environment."

Having lived in Mass. for over 15 years and reading that this was brought up in a town meeting, the voters will have a chance to vote it down or up.

Town Meetings are held in public and the debates can and are very lively.

http://toledoohioneighborhoodconcerns.com/blog

Although outrageous, it's duplicitous. Behavior motivation is coming to Massachusetts via the energy market. Gasoline has already reached an average $3.30/gal in 'Clownifornia'. I'm sure it'll get there in 'Taxachusetts' (currently $2.55). Then those SUV-driving fools will be forced to make choices, soon enough.

"I wouldn't go around expressing such confidence in the voters.."

There appears to be no where that you would be happy with.

"Confidence in voters is one thing, but you're supposed to have property rights and those are not up for a debate or rejection by any majority."

The same was said at a town meeting I was at and the land owners wanted to not have to be told how small their lots be divided into.

The majority won out to having a 2.5 acre lot size and the land owner used the same property rights argument and the majority won out all in the name of not making a country town look like one big subdivision.

http://toledoohioneighborhoodconcerns.com/blog

I used to live in Brookline. I wouldn't go around expressing such confidence in the voters (note: see below). For example, Brookline had some pretty good streets, but it was illegal to park your car on the street itself overnight. I'm sure the landowners loved it when that little gem of an ordinance created an artificial market for paid parking spaces.

Some things should simply NOT be up for a vote. Confidence in voters is one thing, but you're supposed to have property rights and those are not up for a debate or rejection by any majority.

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