The California Legislature is considering a voluntary program that would assess a possible vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax in the state.  Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) introduced the bill in response to a decline in revenues from the current gas tax. The program, modeled after similar ones in Oregon and Washington, would tax motorists for every mile they drive.

“We want to do as Washington and Oregon have done in a much bigger state with much longer commutes…to make sure that we find out whether it would work, whether the public would like it or not,” DeSaulnier told CBS Los Angeles.