In a move likely to cause an uproar across Portland-area coffeehouses, Oregon's state legislature is again considering instituting a per-mile tax on super-fuel-efficient cars and electric vehicles. The state is looking to recuperate revenue lost because more fuel efficient vehicles on the road result in fewer dollars being collected from gas taxes.

According to the Associated Press, Oregon may write a bill that would apply a mileage tax to vehicles getting at least 55 miles per gallon. Lawmakers would track a car's mileage with technology such as a smartphone application or GPS data. No rates have been proposed, and lawmakers may simplify things by offering a flat annual fee instead of vehicle tracking, the AP says.

Oregon has been proposing such a measure for the past decade or so, though the most recent attempt at such a law was rejected in 2011. One bill proposed applying a 1.2-cent per-mile tax. That would equal out to $144 a year for 12,000 miles a year of driving. A few years ago, Oregon tested a GPS-based system that was accurate and reportedly did not encroach too deeply into personal privacy. It collected data all the time, but only connected to a network to transmit data when the vehicle was refueled.

Next door, Washington State's electric-vehicle owners will start being assessed a $100 fee tacked onto their vehicle's registration this year. National mileage taxes have been discussed, but never very seriously.


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      monza866
      • 5 Months Ago
      First they encourage conservation then when they see less tax money they get mad. Unintended consequences on many govt decisions are the rule but they always try to get their pound of flesh. I wonder what it will be with Obamacare?
        Richard
        • 5 Months Ago
        @monza866
        Wait until these liberals understand how much Obamacare is going to cost them, they all thought it would be free. Wait until it's fully implemented and all those extra taxes kick in. I can't wait to see their jaws go slack with shock. lol
      JOSEPH G MATTERA
      • 5 Months Ago
      COMMUNISM AT ITS FINEST...........
      • 5 Months Ago
      The most important thing is that government get it's money. People of Oregon. You voted for this. Government survival is now more important than your survival. You salary belongs to the government and they will let you keep some of it as they see fit. Suck it up Prius driving, Whole Foods shopping, Obama voting Libs.
      jacqueline
      • 5 Months Ago
      why don't they just quit spening state money on stupid projects
      Richard
      • 5 Months Ago
      I would rather cut back on driving my not so efficient car than pay those bloodsuckers anymore tax money. What's next on the liberal states agenda? Will they charge a tax on estimated volume of air we breathe just to support the hordes of freeloaders that flock to these liberal loon states. It was discovered that 19,000 Massachusetts welfare recipients gave officials the wrong address and the state has no clue who or where these people are. Thats a good indication of how many deadbeats are ******* money illegally from U.S taxpayers nationwide every day. Track down the welfare cheats and the illegal aliens that are getting a free ride at taxpayer expense then you won't have to tax the hard working Americans out of every spare dime they have. Politicians are some of the biggest Leeches in America and rate right up there with welfare cheats.
      Fan
      • 5 Months Ago
      backward retards
      sampson
      • 5 Months Ago
      WTF! Damned if you drive a guzzler damned if you drive a hybrid. I feel sorry for our future generations... They are going go be taxed on the air they breathe. When will we put our foot down? Enough is enough people!
      PeterScott
      • 5 Months Ago
      I get never ending wows on the stupidity involved in using rebates and other cash incentives people into more efficient vehicles. Then creating a new byzantine system to create a disincentive for fuel efficient vehicles. It is like government is trying to prove how inept they are. How about instead this kind of insanity, they ditch the incentives, then simply increase fuel taxes and it will serve all purposes.
        Ford Future
        • 5 Months Ago
        @PeterScott
        The oil lobby funds Republicans, the source of all stupid laws, that subvert the common good. No shock here.
      d.hollywood
      • 5 Months Ago
      The voters of Oregon would deserve this tax ...if they fail to vote this governor and supportive legislators OUT OF OFFICE.
        William Flesher
        • 5 Months Ago
        @d.hollywood
        Read your own comment again. It's self contradictory. A significant majority of Oregonians DID vote for our Governor and legislators. We regularly vote to INCREASE our taxes to pay for what we want and need. And yet we STILL have more "joiners" than we do "defectors".
      ga7smi
      • 5 Months Ago
      good luck getting that pass the people or the state suprem court
      bueybeast
      • 5 Months Ago
      How shocking, government greed
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just wow.
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