I told you so…
Posted by Liberty on January 14, 2009
The engine displacement tax reared its ugly head last session as well. This plan is yet another way for Washington State government to thwart the will of the voters [$30.00 vehicle licensing, anyone?] and separate you from a little [or a lot] more of your money. Basically, the larger your vehicle’s engine, the more you’re going to pay. From the NW Republican blog:
|Engine Size (in liters)||Fee Schedule|
|Up to 1.9||$0|
|2.0 to 2.0||$70|
|3.0 to 3.9||$225|
|4.0 to 4.9||$275|
|5.0 to 5.9||$325|
|6.0 to 7.9||$400|
|8.0 or over||$600|
The sponsors of this bill are all Democrats, no surprise there. These arrogant, self-righteous liberals want to punish you for driving what you want. Perhaps in their ideal world, we’d all be driving Toyota Prius’s or Smartcars and thus not paying any additional displacement fee.
Actually, now that I think about it, since their primary concern is state revenue, our current situation is probably closer to their ideal. They know that many people choose to drive SUV’s for the safety, comfort and capacity. They know that thousands of businesses from farms to construction companies to cable installers have fleets of pick-up’s, vans and large trucks. They know that many people have vehicles for recreation–motor-homes or trucks to pull their boats and trailers. They know that not everyone can afford to race right out and buy the very latest politically correct little hybrid status symbol.
And they also know that plenty of people in Washington State are struggling right now. They know that piling on additional taxes in a down economy will be a burden on a lot of families who really just need more of their own money. They know that Washington State’s high taxes already contribute to our business-unfriendly climate. And they don’t care!
Earth to Senators Tom, Kohl-Welles, Pridemore, Keiser & Kline! Our engines are none of your business! Your attempt to legislate us into smaller and smaller vehicles is ridiculous and arrogant. Even more offensive is the very idea that you could propose even more taxes! Your focus should be on cutting and streamlining state government and reforming and eliminating redistributive entitlement programs, not imposing higher taxes!
Check out the text of this bill and find out where it’s at right now on Washington Votes.org:
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