I see several mentions in recent news of a proposed tax on launches in the state of California, and that it would be 'by the mile'.
If someone is familliar with the issue, could they outline how this works? Is it just maximum altitude, or total integrated path length? This distinction is quite significant when comparing launch to orbit and tourist sub-orbital missions. Is there a hard cut-off at the Karman line?
I assume it applies to rocket propulsion, and not jet engines, but what about balloons and mixed combos?
Quartz: California’s plan to tax rockets by the mile is exactly what space companies want (what's next, speeding tickets?) note there are links to pdfs in this article that seem to contain some tax language.
San Francisco Chronicle: California plans for collecting taxes on spaceflight
Parabolic Arc: California Considers Tax on Launches Within the State