To the editor:
George Orwell’s classic book “1984” about a dystopian future where mankind is monitored and controlled by “Big Brother,” is seeking a toehold in Wyoming.
This culprit is the Road User Charge (RUC) concept that has advanced out of the Transportation Committee in Cheyenne.
Essentially, Wyoming government would put tracking devices in all our vehicles to record the mileage we drive. We would be charged for that mileage and then credited back some monies from the fuel taxes we pay at the pump. Could amount to around $120 per year per vehicle.
Rep. Sandy Newsome was asked about the bill at the Park County GOP meeting and a gasp went up through the audience when she admitted to voting for it in committee.
I get the whole idea that we have a transportation shortfall that needs to be filled. But it is unfathomable that Wyoming would use this method, in particular using tracking devices, on Wyoming residents. Yes, there are the promises about anonymity. Sorry, don’t trust any government and the Big Tech that would be used to implement it.
This concept is at complete odds with our country’s founding principles and freedom-loving Wyoming. It should be defeated and resisted all cost.
(s) jim vetter