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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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Before these crazy taxes
By BRB29 on 4/26/2013 1:05:40 PM , Rating: 3
Before there was all these crazy taxes, there were just your basic taxes paid like income, property, sales, etc...

Now they are coming up with so many extra fees and taxes everywhere. Roads used to built on taxes received without depending on massive amounts of tolls and all kinds of other taxes. I can't believe I have to pay a fee to make a 911 call.

What's next? sidewalk toll booths? fee to use public parks? Lawn tax for my grass being too green?

RE: Before these crazy taxes
By tng on 4/29/2013 3:02:38 PM , Rating: 2
fee to use public parks?
Yep, seen that, not surprising really, seeing how much the guy who cuts those lawns gets paid.
Lawn tax for my grass being too green?
If you use fertilizer... so many hidden taxes there, so yup.

Sorry, government as it is sucks, and sucks, and just keeps sucking at your wallet.

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