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Instead of paying by the gallon for gas, how about by the mile or time of day?

Several states are considering whether or not to charge drivers, not by the gallon, but by how many miles they have driven when they go and buy gas at the gas station. This method would entail applying a GPS tracking device to cars so that gas station pumps know how much to charge each individual driver. This new idea will also include charging drivers more for driving during peak hours of the day, places of where they have been and even by how heavy their vehicle weighs.

Currently the only countries to be using this method is Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and Switzerland for trucks. The reason for this is because of the rising costs of transportation throughout the world and US. The current model to support transportation infrastructure is based on tax per gallon, this new method would allow states to be able to tax more from drivers who drive their personal cars more often than others. This would also include vehicles for business use. There are a couple of states that are looking into using this model to help support their state’s transportation rising costs; Texas, Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin, Nevada and California.

The model of Pay-as-You-Go does kick up a lot of dust about rising taxes and privacy concerns. The money would go to help support transportation projects but how far will they go in taxing drivers? One of the main reasons for this new solution is because we have solved a problem, creating gas efficient vehicles, and since we now use less gasoline and have electric vehicles there is less revenue coming into the states for funding. Now the states need a new way to get money from drivers, so while Oil companies are still posting recording breaking profits every year, it’s not enough that we are reducing our dependability on fossil fuels, but we must be taxed for our efforts. Instead of looking for gas stations with the lowest price, it will always be a surprise at the pump for how much we will be paying because we won’t know until we have filled up our tank and the computer has calculated the cost right there. This will create a nightmare for drivers who don’t make enough money to support their daily commutes as it is right now.

The privacy concern about this new method of taxing is any company could pay to get its hands on how drivers are using their vehicles if every car and trunk will be required to have a tracking device on them. Governments, companies, and hackers will be able to know where you were at a certain time, how long your car was in use on a certain day, and if you drove in areas that have a higher concentration of traffic, such as commuters from the suburbs. Since no piece of technology is completely safe from hackers the question becomes how often will drivers need to update their cars because the case will be that someone will go to the pump and pay over 200 hundred dollars for a couple of miles they drove because a hacker changed the data in their vehicle’s tracking device. The other concern will be is who will create the technology, how will the fee for gas be created and is it fair, and the risks to using it.

All in all this new method of charging drivers for using their vehicles is a very positive one from a government’s perspective because it means more money for them. On the opposite end, drivers will not be very happy about their cars being tracked, their data being sold (do they get a piece of the pie?), and their personal and digital safety compromised, because in the end, when it comes down to personal data from consumers, someone somewhere is making money off of it.

Michigan could set the model for other states

High School Senior Elected Mayor of his town

Most high school students are worrying about applying to college, going to parties, and hanging out with their friends but almost none are thinking about applying to be their town’s mayor while still trying to pass state-requirement government class.

For Senior Kelvin Green the reality of becoming city mayor was made official on May 16, 2014. This high school senior won the election by default because no one else was running. His first order of duty will be to figure out how to fix the water shortage in his town.

This story was posted here because this blog is about entrepreneurship and learning how to think like and become one. This story got nationwide attention because of it’s uniqueness. The common image of someone becoming mayor is someone who went to college, studied political science or government and then ran for office of any position. Kelvin Green didn’t have any of that background yet he was still elected. Are stories like this really unique? No, but their fun to read because they are inspiring. There are many places all over the US and the World of stories about teenagers becoming official mayors of their towns, buying homes, and starting businesses and striking it rich. How did they become those kinds of people?

In order to become an Entrepreneur you don’t have to think you need to start a business. An entrepreneur is someone who finds a problem and provides a solution and this can be in any manner. The twist though is that they provide a new approach to something old, this is why they are called disruptors. Now people don’t like change this is why it is sometimes hard for entrepreneurs to take off successfully because they might be changing the way people have done it for so long. Change is important for anything to grow, if you maintain the status quo for too long, you miss out on how the world is progressing along with opportunities to improve.

Mr. Green will provide a new approach to managing a town and for that he will be rewarded with leadership qualities, managing people, and city planning experience. Most things young adults learn later on in life, unfortunately. The other perspective to have in this situation though is to never limit or doubt what your child or teenager is capable of doing. If they are interested in film, don’t limit how many hours they watch tv; if they are interested in building cars, don’t limit the amount of stuff they bring home from junk yards, etc.

For now, college can wait because it will always be there and when he does apply he will carry with him that most first time freshmen will not have on their college applications, Mayor. All Kelvin did was find a unique opportunity that was presented to him and he took the challenge, which is what the job of an entrepreneur is all about.

Elected Mayor before going to College

Need to learn a new skill? Try picking up this one

Everyday your goal should be to learn a new skill in someway, be it how to fix an iphone screen or how to install a dimmer switch in your home. But what about the bigger skills that can take you farther? Most of these places offer a free fly up to get an idea of what it’s like to fly a place.

Above and Beyond Aviation
Austin Academy of Aviation
Genesis Flying Academy
Longhorn University Flying Club