No Toll Roads In AZ


Our purpose is to shine a HUGE light on the fact that some in our legislature are planning with outside interests to bring TOLL ROADS to AZ in the very near future. A toll is just another tax, and we already pay one of the highest state gas taxes to maintain our roads in the country. Our state tax, added to the Federal gas tax, provides plenty of money to maintain our roadway system. The trouble is our government officials looks to the tax for other purposes. The more they tax, the more they spend.

Download the No Toll Roads in AZ Act Proposition:

Proposition

Download our No Toll Roads Flyer:

No Toll Roads In AZ Flyer

A TOLL is a TAX

Where to sign petitions to fight the Toll Roads?

Petitions will be available to be signed 5/23 8am to 2pm

Peoria Sports complex Fire It Up Car Show:

http://www.nationwidecarshows.com/event/4446

 

check back for more locations

Al Tracy and Bill Brough were on KFNX AM1100

The “Call to Rights” talk show discussing Toll Roads in AZ

CTR 20814 Hour # 1 Listen Now

Wall Street Journal frontpager on private toller problems in US

The No Toll Roads Petitions are now available.

Paul Tillwach and Al Tracy on Radio Phoenix News 10/23/13

Georgia: Report Finds Toll Lanes A Favorite Of The Rich

Read more, click here

Important:

Al Tracy, AAHC Pres.,  Tom Martin and Bill Gilmore AAHC Legislative Liaisons were on Call To Rights Radio Show KFNX Am 1100 at Noon, Saturday March 2nd.

Listen to the show in 2 parts:

Call to Rights Hour #1

Call to Rights Hour #2

 

The Rally was a huge success. We met with 15 of 90 Legislatures and were on the TV and Radio coverage. Stay turned for more activities planned against Toll Roads.

Wednesday February 27th, 2013

The AAHC , as well as other concerned groups staged a HUGE public rally against proposed TOLL ROADS in AZ.

Our next step after the Rally was to file a proposition to Ban using publicly funded or maintained roadways in AZ for Toll Purposes.

We now have the petitions for the Proposition available and must collect 260,000 signatures before 7/3/2014 to put the issue before the people and let them decide if they want Toll Roads in AZ.

 This will be an expensive undertaking and any donations will be appreciated. You can donate any amount with a credit card here:

 




Our purpose is to shine a HUGE light on the fact that some in our legislature are planning with outside interests to bring TOLL ROADS to AZ in the very near future. A toll is just another tax, and we already pay one of the highest state gas taxes to maintain our roads in the country. Our state tax, added to the Federal gas tax, provides plenty of money to maintain our roadway system. The trouble is our government officials looks to the tax for other purposes. The more they tax, the more they spend.

Download the No Toll Roads in AZ Act Proposition:

Proposition

Download our No Toll Roads Flyer:

No Toll Roads In AZ Flyer

A TOLL is a TAX

For more info, click on links

 The Bundy Affair, Canamex and NAFTA

 

For a list of present and planned Toll Roads in the USA

click: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_toll_roads_in_the_United_States

(ADOT planned Toll Roads map for AZ removed from their site)

I11 from Las Vegas to Phoenix

http://i11study.com/wp/

More on Toll Roads:

http://www.truthbetolled.com/action.php

http://www.reformandfreedom.org/

http://www.justanswer.com/law/3vpfr-husband-fightingxxxxxtickets-total.html

http://gridchicago.com/2013/charging-by-the-mile-a-gas-tax-alternative-sees-serious-movement/

(When have they ever replaced a tax?

The politicians only add more taxes.)

Updates from TheNewspaper.com


Posted: 13 Mar 2013 01:33 AM PDT
SR167 toll laneConverting freeways into toll roads is one of the most popular types of project among transportation bureaucrats and certain politicians. When asked their opinion on the wisdom of tolling, voters have expressed a far different sentiment. In Washington state, for example, there is now no question that Initiative 1185, which took effect last December, will block a number of tolling projects that have been in the works.”There will be no unilateral increase in tolls by the Transportation Commission because the voters said no to agency-imposed increases in November,” initiative sponsor Tim Eyman said in a statement. “That means no tolls for 405 HOT lanes, no tolls for the Alaska Way Viaduct, no tolls for the Columbia River Crossing, and no toll increases on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.”The initiative, which passed with the support of 64 percent of voters, does not directly ban tolls. Instead, it requires fee increases of any type (including tolls) to be approved in a bill duly passed by the legislature and signed into law. Some politicians have preferred tolling as a means of outsourcing unpopular increases to a third-party toll management company or, for publicly owned toll roads, to the state Transportation Commission, whose members are not accountable to the public.

State Senator Pam Roach (R-Auburn), a major supporter of I-1185, asked the state attorney general for a ruling on which projects previously approved by the state now need specific legislative approval because they raise fees and tolls. In a response to Senator Roach, the state Office of Financial Management listed four tolling projects as off-the-table, unless the legislature specifically sets the tolls with a clear vote.

“These impactful decisions will now need to be made after bills are introduced, public hearings are held, public testimony is taken, elected legislators take recorded votes, and the governor signs the legislation,” Eyman said. “In other words, there will be no taxation without representation, one of the founding principles of our country.”

Last month, the state Transportation Commission scheduled a meeting on Tuesday, March 19, to discuss several tolling projects. In a statement, Roach vowed to “testify and watchdog the committee” at the hearing. Source

Updates from TheNewspaper.com


GAO Report Pushes Per-Mile Taxation
Posted: 10 Jan 2013 12:09 AM PST
GPS tax illustrationThe Government Accountability Office (GAO) believes lawmakers should tax motorists for every mile they drive. In a report released Tuesday, the congressional watchdog agency suggested GPS surveillance devices or other, less invasive techniques could be used to more than DOUBLE the amount of money motorists currently pay in federal gas tax fees.GAO’s auditors examined per-mile tax pilot projects in Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon and Washington to evaluate the benefits and downsides of gas tax replacement programs. At the federal level today, the 18.4 cents per gallon fuel excise tax generates $34 billion for the Highway Trust Fund, a fund GAO says faces future shortfalls as a result of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations.An analysis ofactual gas tax receiptsshows funding has remained more steady than other traditional sources of tax revenue during an economic downturn. Shortfalls in the trust fund are more related to its use for non-highway purposes such as subsidies for users of mass transit.The most common form of per-mile tax involves having a GPS device that uses a cellular connection to regularly transmit location and mileage data to a centralized government office. This information would be processed so drivers could be billed. Another option would be a “pay at the pump” system that would eliminate GPS. In its place, wireless transponders would be installed on every vehicle that transmits only mileage information and the vehicle owner’s identity to readers installed at fuel pumps. The tax would be added on to the cost of the gasoline. A third option would involve purchasing a pre-paid mileage allowance sticker that would be affixed to the windshield. This “road user charge” system is used for commercial trucks in New Zealand where the mileage is verified during inspections and traffic stops. Though the second and third options decrease privacy concerns, they also limit the ability of government officials to micromanage public behavior.”Because pay-at-the-pump and prepaid manual systems do not collect location data on drivers they present fewer privacy-related challenges, but the trade-offs are reductions in the efficiency and equity of the proposed systems,” the GAO report explained. “For example, they are unable to improve the efficiency of road use by charging drivers different rates for travel on specific roadways or during congested periods. Manual systems could also be subject to odometer fraud and evasion, with compliant drivers paying more than noncompliant drivers.”The benefit of the current gas tax system is that there is no tax evasion problem and the cost of collecting money from oil companies at the distributor level is minimal. On the other hand, installing GPS units on 230 million vehicles would be a “significant cost challenge” in GAO’s words, consuming as much as 33 percent of the revenue collected over twenty years, including $55 billion in startup costs. On top of this, administrative costs would consume another 7 percent of revenues.In Germany, 700,000 trucks carry tracking devices used to collect a $5 billion mileage tax. Administration and enforcement of this tax consumes $1.5 billion. Such systems have also proved problematic, as a test in Iowa found one out of every four participants experienced a failure with their tracking device that required bringing the unit in for service. GAO believes the GPS option is doomed.”Because the public perception of privacy risks would be particularly acute in mileage fee systems that mandate the use of GPS technologies, the widespread implementation of such a system to cover all US passenger vehicles appears unlikely at this time,” the GAO report concluded. “Although technology evolves rapidly and public perception can change over time, it may be impractical for the federal government to pursue mileage fees for all vehicles through a system that collects and reports information on people’s movements for the purpose of assessing taxes.”A copy of the GAO report is available in a 2.3mb PDF file at the source link below.Source
USA TODAY
Controversial HOT Lanes Spread Nationally
by Larry Copeland and Paul Overberg, USA TODAYShare
December 4. 2012 – ATLANTA — Highway lanes that charge cars rising tolls as traffic increases are becoming the future for the USA’s clogged urban expressways. A dozen now operate across the nation and another 18 are under development.
 
The so-called “dynamic pricing” lanes have just come to two of the biggest and most congested metro areas in the USA, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. They join Atlanta, another notoriously congested city, and other metro areas where the roads — many called HOT (high-occupancy toll) lanes because carpoolers ride free — are growing in popularity after a rocky start.
They also are planned or under construction on congested urban corridors from Seattle to El Paso, Dallas, Baltimore and other cities.
Projects such as the ones in Los Angeles and Northern Virginia near Washington, which rolled out last month, likely represent the future of urban tolling in the USA because they allow transportation planners to get more mileage out of the existing highway system, experts say.
“I think they do represent the wave of the future in the 10-15 largest urban areas,” says Bob Poole, director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, a libertarian policy research group.
Some opponents criticize them as “Lexus lanes” — serving the wealthy while leaving others stuck in traffic. Others oppose the lanes because they’re on highways that motorists have already paid for with gas taxes and because the lanes are often turned over to private operators. “These public-private partnership deals generally are not in the best interest of motorists,” says Steve Carrellas of the National Motorists Association.
These toll lanes offer commuters congestion relief by using technology to adjust pricing constantly. Tolls rise as more people use the lanes and drop as demand falls. Carpools, bus riders and motorcyclists use the lanes for free.
Most new toll projects in heavily traveled urban corridors around the USA employ real-time tolling, says Jim Ely, vice chairman of toll services for HNTB Corp., a national infrastructure firm.
A $105 billion, two-year highway authorization bill (MAP21) signed into law by President Obama in July gives states more flexibility on tolling. “We’re going to see more (such) lanes on the interstates as a result of (the funding bill),” Ely says. “It allows them to add more price-managed lanes as long as they don’t convert an existing general purpose lane (to tolls).”
The L.A. and Washington projects are gradually gaining popularity with drivers after an initial period of confusion and some resistance. Officials in both places expect more motorists to try the lanes as they become more familiar with them.
Overberg reported from McLean, Va.
Florida: Court Approves Detaining Motorists at Toll Booth
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 02:48 AM PDT
Toll BoothMotorists can be held indefinitely at toll booths if they pay with large denomination bills, according to a federal appeals court ruling handed down Wednesday. A family of drivers — Joel, Deborah and Robert Chandler — filed suit last year arguing they were effectively being held hostage by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the private contractor in charge of the state’s toll road, Faneuil, Inc.Under FDOT policies in place at the time, motorists who paid with $50 bills, and occasionally even $5 bills, were not given permission to proceed until the toll collector filled out a “Bill Detection Report” with data about the motorist’s vehicle and details from his driver’s license. Many of those who chose to pay cash did so to avoid the privacy implications of installing a SunPass transponder that recorded their driving habits. They were likewise unwilling to provide personal information to the toll collector, but they had no alternative because the toll barrier would not be raised without compliance. FDOT policy does not allow passengers to exit their vehicle, and backing up is illegal and usually impossible while other cars wait behind. FDOT dropped the Bill Detection Reports in 2010.A three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit US Court of Appeals did not buy the argument that these motorist detentions rose to the level of a constitutional violation.”The fact that a person is not free to leave on his own terms at a given moment, however, does not, by itself, mean that the person has been ‘seized’ within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment,” the court wrote in its unsigned decision. “In Florida, a person’s right and liberty to use a highway is not absolute; it may be regulated in the public interest through reasonable and reasonably executed regulations.”The judges found it was reasonable for Fanueil to set regulations for use of the road — including the types of acceptable payment. The court decided that drivers implicitly agreed to those conditions by choosing to use the toll road.

“The Chandlers have not alleged that they were forced to pay their tolls with large-denomination bills, thereby subjecting themselves to whatever delay was caused by completion of the Bill Detection Report,” the court ruled. “They chose to pay their toll with large-denomination bills. Nor have they alleged that they asked to withdraw the large report-triggering bill in favor of a smaller delay-free bill and were denied that opportunity.”

The court dismissed the lawsuit in its entirety. A copy of the decision is available in a 100k PDF file at the source link below. Source