August 20, 2013 | TheAtlanticCities.com-- Earlier this year, a motorcyclist in Oregon made local headlines when the state slapped him with a $1,103 fine for his 130 mph joy ride. If Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick had his way, though, things could have been much worse for the Seattle-based Ducati owner.
Last month, in the middle of a city council work session on a proposed $35 tax to support the arts, Novick bemoaned the existence of flat-rate taxes and fees that disproportionately hurt the poor. His support for progressive taxation extended even to his work at the Portland Transportation Bureau. According to the The Oregonian's Erik Luken, Novick said:
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.
Naturally, even though Novick's statement came with plenty of caveats, his suggestions became the butt of jokes around town. The Oregon House Republicans posted the article on their Facebook page, drawing exactly the comments you'd expect ("Another stupid idiot in office" probably qualifies as one of the nicer responses).
But Finland's scheme isn't as far-fetched as it seems. Income-adjusted fines have READ FULL ARTICLE