Lawmakers in Michigan Mull Tax on Electric Cars
April 26, 2013 9:14 AM
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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
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
are expected have to pay a fee of $100 per year to help cover road maintenance.
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RE: These laws are poorly written and easily defeated.
4/26/2013 11:38:02 AM
That was my first thought 54mpg hybrid to drive to your 30 hour a week job making less than $249k a year(don't want the stigma of being rich). What other limits on success and the economy can law makers put on this country?
On a side note taxing per mile driven would create a whole new expensive bureaucracy to manage tracking devices/tax collection. Just nothing but bad ideas coming from our elected officials.
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