Senate President Wants to Tax Mileage

Date: April 15, 2016 Last Edit: April 19, 2016

Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago is pushing legislation that would eliminate the gas tax and impose a 1.5 cents per mile driven for Illinois motorists tracked by a device installed in the vehicle.

As more motorists are buying hybrids, electric and fuel efficient vehicles, the state has been losing revenue on the gas tax.  This loss in revenue impacts the state’s ability to maintain roads and move forward with large-scale construction projects, according to proponents.

Not surprisingly, the concept of a tracking device in every vehicle has raised privacy concerns. The bill does allow for motorists to opt out of the tracking device and, instead, pay a flat $450 fee per year or every 30,000 miles driven.

NFIB/Illinois will be issuing a Special Ballot on the issue to allow our members to voice their concerns.

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