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States want more money to fix roads

Lawmakers in Michigan are currently considering imposing a tax on electric vehicles. Michigan joins Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Arizona, and Washington, which are also considering a tax on both electric and hybrid vehicles. States currently collect taxes when drivers purchase gasoline that helps fund the construction of new roads and maintenance on existing roads.

The problem is that electric vehicles don't use gasoline at all and hybrid vehicles use less gasoline than a traditional car meaning states are seeing less tax revenue.
 
Michigan State Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) proposed the tax on electric cars.
 
Michigan Rick Snyder (R) wants an additional $1 billion to repair roads around the state. In the past, Snyder has supported other ways to raise more money within his state including increasing the tax on fuel and increasing vehicle registration fees.
 
Governor Snyder said of Shirkey's plan, "I’d have to analyze that, but I’d say there’s competing interests on both sides of that question."

In Oregon, the plan would charge drivers of vehicles that get at least 55 mpg a tax on each mile driven after 2015. Oregon would also give drivers of efficient vehicles the option of paying a flat rate each year. Drivers of electric vehicles in Washington are expected have to pay a fee of $100 per year to help cover road maintenance.

Source: Michigan Radio



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By othercents on 4/26/2013 9:45:49 AM , Rating: 2
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There are more drivers than ever pumping record numbers of gas each day fueling record tax revenues to build and repair roads already.

So would that mean there are more cars on the road causing more road wear and now roads needing repair sooner than before?

In reality, at some point all states will need to come up with a different way to collect taxes for road use and due to the electric vehicles it really shouldn't be based on fuel usage, but actual mileage driven in the state. Then if they want to deter people from having gasoline vehicles and encourage people to switch then they could tack an extra tax on the fuel.


By 91TTZ on 4/26/2013 10:37:30 AM , Rating: 2
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So would that mean there are more cars on the road causing more road wear and now roads needing repair sooner than before?


He's saying that if every car driver paid for the roads in gas taxes, then having more drivers wouldn't be worse for the roads. You'd have more wear and tear but you'd also have more revenue to repair the roads.


By Reclaimer77 on 4/27/2013 11:45:34 AM , Rating: 3
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In reality, at some point all states will need to come up with a different way to collect taxes for road use


Or how about this amazing new idea called actually use the money for the road funds to fix the roads ?

Road funds and other infrastructure budgets are, in reality, gigantic slush funds used to fuel all kinds of pork barrel projects, kickbacks to union cronies, and who knows what.

A few miles down the road here a girl was killed at a crosswalk. One that's notorious for being unsafe, many accidents with pedestrians caused. When asked why a sidewalk wasn't built to a safer crossing, the city responded that they simply "didn't have the money" to build a sidewalk. Oh really?

They found the money to build a goddamn NASCAR museum nobody wanted. They found the money to erect ugly "modern art" statues downtown that cost millions of dollars. I can't even list all the crap they waste our money on! But when it comes to some small ass piece of sidewalk, oh no, we need more tax money if you guys want that! Really?

It makes me sick how we're being manipulated and how our Government, both local and Federal, uses taxes as almost a form of blackmail.


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