In 2018 Janet Mills, who was then campaigning for Governor of Maine, discussed the idea of “track and tax” as a way to raise revenue from Maine drivers. The idea she proposed was that Maine people would be tracked for the miles they drove and would pay a tax on the number of miles they drove on Maine roads. Mills used the idea of “track and tax” as a way to battle climate change in Maine.
Most dismissed this idea as nothing more than radical campaign rhetoric.
In April of 2019, with Mills now serving as the Governor of Maine, the potential tracking component of the radical “track and tax” plan went into place. This was done without fanfare or media attention.
According to a report the Mills administration signed a $370,000 deal with Streetlight Data out of San Francisco to collect data on Maine’s drivers.
According to Streelight Data’s website they “use Smartphone as sensors to measure all activities on all streets.” They go on to promote that thru their data collection technology systems they can not only collect data on travel, but also on income, race, education, and family status.
According to notes from a November 2019 meeting of Governor Mills’ Maine Climate Council an assistant engineer from the Maine Department of Transportation told members of the council “that Maine DOT can tell them where vehicles begin their trips and their eventual destinations, how fast they drove, how long trips took and even provide data on their turning movements” and “the data can also infer the purpose of the trip.”
According to this information for at least eight months of 2019, and possibly up to the current day, every Maine driver with a smart phone has been spied on by Governor Mills and her administration for the sole purpose of being taxed.
The use of this spying data collection technology should not come as a surprise to people as recently Governor Janet Mills was listed by a Pro-Chinese Communist Party Think Tank as being “China Friendly”.
SCOTUS Hands Trump Administration Huge Pro-Life Win
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday endorsed a plan by President Donald Trump’s administration to give employers broad religious and moral exemptions from a federal mandate that health insurance they provide employees covers women’s birth control under the Affordable Care Act.
The court ruled 7-2 against the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which challenged the legality of the Trump administration’s 2018 rule that weakening the so-called “contraceptive mandate” of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare”.
The opinion was written by Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh. Elena Kagan filed a concurring opinion in the judgment, in which Stephen Breyer joined. Ruth Bader Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion, in which Sonia Sotomayor joined.
“We hold today that the Departments had the statutory authority to craft that exemption, as well as the contemporaneously issued moral exemption. We further hold that the rules promulgating these exemptions are free from procedural defects,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote. “We hold that the Departments had the authority to provide exemptions from the regulatory contraceptive requirements for employers with religious and conscientious objections. We accordingly reverse the Third Circuit’s judgment and remand with instructions to dissolve the nationwide preliminary injunction.”
The two consolidated cases that the SCOTUS heard were Little Sisters of the Poor v Pennsylvania and Donald J Trump v Pennsylvania.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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