Portland city commissioner wants speeding tickets based on income

Portland city commissioner wants speeding tickets based on income

Steve NovickHow far can the loony left obsession with equality go? A story from Red Alert Politics hints at an answer:

Take a speeding joyride in Portland and you could be slapped with a $100,000 ticket if City Commissioner Steve Novick has a say in the matter. The Democrat has a progressive take on how to tax Portland residents in the future — income-adjusted fines.

During Portland’s city council’s debate over an arts tax, Novick brought transportation fines into the mix. According to him, having the Internal Revenue Service determine the amount of a speeding ticket would be the ‘ideal’ approach.

‘Everybody pays the same for parking, everybody pays the same in parking tickets. Logistically, right now, it’s impractical to change that, but I wish it were otherwise,’ Novick said during the work session. ‘I wish we had a system like Finland, where the Highway Patrol’s computers are linked up to that of Finland’s IRS, and if you’re a chief executive at Nokia and you’re caught speeding you pay over $100,000. I think that would be ideal.’

A sane person would realize that $100,000 would be an excessive fine even for Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO. Elop’s “pay package” in 2012 amounted to $5.63 million. Thus, a $100K fine would be equal to approximately 2% (1.8% to be exact) of his income.

Consider that the median household income in the U.S. was $50,502 in 2011, the most recent year for which census data is available. An equivalent speeding fine for a motorist earning exactly that amount would be $1,010.

Oregon already has a fairly obscene “automatic” fine on its books of $1,000 for drivers who clock in at 100 miles per hour or more. Earlier this year, a motorcyclist clocked at 130 m.p.h. in a 55-m.p.h. zone on a brand-new Ducati motorcycle, received a ticket in the amount of $1,103.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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