Skip to comments.WA Senate passes $100 annual electric car fee
Posted on 02/12/2012 8:28:35 PM PST by massmike
The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to charge electric car owners a $100 annual fee to compensate for the lack of gas taxes they pay. Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, the Camano Island Democrat who sponsored the bill, says while electric cars are good for the environment, they put the same wear and tear on the state's roads that gas vehicles do.
The same bill passed in the Senate last year but failed in the House.
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How often will this be increased?
Isn’t electricity already taxed?
Sorry, but I just gotta laugh my ass off on this one.
Next, a “fee” on non-smokers.
The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to charge
electric coal powered car owners a $100 annual fee to compensate for the lack of gas taxes they pay
If every driver in the US had to pay $100 a year just because, then that could raise more than $21 billion annually.
Oh wait, how much do drivers licenses cost these days?
Lets not keep giving them ideas.
What is to be made of this?!?
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...from the same people that just brought gay “marriage” to Washington State........
HA! - That’s funny as all get-out!
So you not only have to pay for the electricity to charge the thing, you have to pay $100 more? LOL
Are they taxing bicycles yet????
More evidence this is all a scam.
But there are Federal and local taxes on their utility bill and I’m sure that went up. In fact, I’d like to know how much their bill went up.
In the Keystone State most road maintenance is funded through liquid fuels taxes. Makes perfect sense to me.
They don't eat if they aren't stealing it from someone's pocket. What they know isn't worth anything on the open market so...they gotta get into government and tax.
What's truly hilarious is that they don't understand the hypocrisy. Here in California they fine us if we use too much water...but then when people start conserving, they raise the rates.
Why? Because they aren't selling as much, so ya unnerstan, we gotta raise your rates.
Rats tax. That's all.
Me too, bwahahahahahahahahahaha.
When they came after the smokers....
Are they gonna turn around and pass a $100 fee on the drivers of gasoline-powered cars for the lack of extra electricity taxes that they DON’T pay because they DON’T have electric cars and DON’T charge them up?
They will now.
Of course - but not for road use, like motor fuels are. I'd rather see a case-by-case taxing of the fools that buy these plug-in electrics, rather than a blanket increase in everybody's utility taxes.
Yes, but the money doesn't go to any sort of highway fund like gas taxes are supposed to.
Power is somewhat fungible, but in that state hydropower probably powers them more than coal.
For God's sake stop! You're going to give them more ideas!
I think most of the power in Washington State is hydro based.
So these are salmon killing water powered cars.
If the average entitled dem, getting food stamps, unemployment, and a big check due to "negative taxes"...
How about a $10,000 fee to this entitled dem to compensate for the lack of payroll taxes that they would have paid if they had been earning, say, $80,000.
You mean like these?
And what about Oregon, isn’t self-serve gas still banned there? What about gas-pumper unemployment caused by greeeeen cars?
“Here in California they fine us if we use too much water...but then when people start conserving, they raise the rates.”
And now when they are in the bag for electric cars, they are trying to get federal funds ( because California is basically broke) to remove all hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River because they are “tough” on the fish. So, less electricity in a state that doesn’t have enough, more floods because that’s what the dams control, and less water for us po folks. It all makes perfect sense doesn’t it. Sorry, gotta go now and wash my loincloth in the creek!
Wow-socialism in action!
I am sure the average driver pays much more than that in taxes.
This is just the nose of the camel under the tent.
In 5 years, it will be 1,000 a year.
And the electric car industry will be dead in WA.
Never thought about this but,
100 bucks is nothing. People pay way more than that for gas. They should charge these electric car people by the mile. The Same amount as the effective tax on Gasoline per mile. Why should they get a free ride.
The Gov't just collects them and uses them as they see fit.
Roads are low on the list, as you can see how well they are maintained.
There can’t be much electricity generated in the Klamath,
and there is something to be said for helping out the salmon.
A nuke plant sitting in Arcata could supply a lot of power.
Do plug in Hybrids pay $50?
Do people who own cars that only get 10 MPG get a Gas Tax Rebate?
That's specifically why I ended my post with the words "are supposed to".
Yeah, that’s it. Gov’t needs to tax all innovation and those who would improve technology. Wait! Isn’t Microsoft in WA state?
only $100.00?!! What a deal!
That’s less than ten bucks a month.
Considering there are 57 States, did zero eliminate two months out of the year and didn’t tell us?
Hey. It’s only a hundred bucks. (for now)
anyway, seeing as we're over a billion in the red, so far this "special" session, they've passed a gay marriage bill, and introduced a marijuana bill,but now we're getting into the real meat of what they want to do....raise taxes so their precious teachers and other govt workers can keep raking it in....
not that I could care about the electric car owners....the do run the roads like the rest of us...but don't they already pay sales tax?...
bumbling idiots....when will the voters smarten up?
I’m confident that they are thinking about taxing shoes for those that walk to work.
“The bill does not apply to hybrid vehicles or to those that don’t exceed 35 mph.”
If someone drives a Volt and only goes 35 miles a day, they may never use the Gasoline Motor. The new Prius Plug In Hybrid is coming out soon.
Looks like Plug In discrimination to me.
Strike that - Looks like Socialist Plug In Reverse Discrimination to me.
Make them ALL PAY, it’s the Marxist way!
Yep, The TAXMAN Cometh!
I also laughed when I read this proposal, albeit for different reason.
For years these envir wackos have been getting a pass that the rest of society has had to pay the price in higher taxes.
They are now feeling the bite.