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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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RE: How about
By Schrag4 on 4/29/2013 8:51:56 AM , Rating: 2
This is how your post read for me: "I would be happy paying any amount in taxes as long as I had some way of knowing what that amount really is."

I actually wish everthing that we fund through taxes was gathered as a separate tax, that way people would realize how much they're spending on grants or programs that they think is wasteful or even counterproductive. As it stands now, most people just pay their income tax, blissfully unaware of how it's really being spent.


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