Bill would plug electric vehicles into Washington's proposed pay-per-mile road tax
Added 02-22-21 05:23:01pm EST - “The better mileage Washington drivers get out of their vehicles, the less money could be in state coffers for repairing roadways whose costs may outpace Washington's steep gas tax.” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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The better mileage Washington drivers get out of their vehicles, the less money could be in state coffers for repairing roadways whose costs may outpace Washington’s steep gas tax.
Currently, drivers pay 49.4 cents per gallon at the pump in Washington — the fourth highest gas tax in the nation behind California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. State lawmakers want to bump that tax higher as more fuel-efficient and electric vehicles hit the road and drivers fill up with less gas.
A bill sponsored by state Sen. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, would raise Washington's gas tax by 18 cents in 2022 to charging stations, electrify state ferries, and help fish culverts meet federal standards.
Gas taxes, which make up about 46% of Washington's transportation budget, may fare even worse in the COVID-19 pandemic, which cut some $255 million in transportation revenue as more Washingtonians stayed home, the state Office of Financial Management estimates.
Senate Bill 5444, sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, would build on a proposal that's been floated in the Washington Legislature for years — taxing drivers by the mile rather than by what they buy at the pump.
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