WA Senate approves $100 fee for electric cars
Washington State Senate lawmakers have approved a bill that would impose an annual $100 fee on electric cars to recover lost gas tax revenue. Drivers would pay the fee every year when they got their car tabs renewed. Democratic Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen of Camano Island included the fee on her transportation budget. She says the proposal was dependent on the electric car fee’s passage.
The Senate Transportation committee chairwoman says electric car owners need to pay their fair share of highway maintenance. The Washington State Department of Transportation estimates that drivers of gasoline-powered vehicles pay about $200 a year in gas tax. Washington’s gas tax is 37.5 cents per gallon. The fee is expected to bring in around $400,000 in 2013.
So much for an incentive to go green. Because of our state budget deficit of over $5B, the “Evergreen State” now wants to tax you for driving an environmentally-friendly car. Oh the irony.