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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      Fan
      • 9 Hours Ago
      backward retards
      sampson
      • 9 Hours 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
      • 9 Hours 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
        • 9 Hours Ago
        @PeterScott
        The oil lobby funds Republicans, the source of all stupid laws, that subvert the common good. No shock here.
      d.hollywood
      • 9 Hours Ago
      The voters of Oregon would deserve this tax ...if they fail to vote this governor and supportive legislators OUT OF OFFICE.
        William Flesher
        • 9 Hours 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".
      Richard
      • 9 Hours 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.
      ga7smi
      • 9 Hours Ago
      good luck getting that pass the people or the state suprem court
        • 9 Hours Ago
        @ga7smi
        Grease the right palms and it could happen.
      jacqueline
      • 9 Hours Ago
      why don't they just quit spening state money on stupid projects
      bueybeast
      • 9 Hours Ago
      How shocking, government greed
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just wow.
      vjojobear
      • 9 Hours Ago
      The only time such stupidity as this will ever stop, is when the citizenry rids their respective states of such buffoons.
      lstark1063
      • 9 Hours Ago
      it just shows people just how crooked the state rep is
      echoecho113
      • 9 Hours Ago
      As for the state of Washington; "..electric vehicle owners will start being assessed a $100.00 fee..". Sounds like a tax., as a "fee" is a fixed sum charged, by law, for a privilege. In this case the privilege is that of owning and driving an electric vehicle. Whereas a tax is a contribution by an individual for the support of a government by persons within that domain of government. The state has lost tax revenue due to the efficiency of electric vehicles. So now the state government wants to include a "fee" to supplant the loss of a "tax". Go figure,...it's a tax.
        libby
        • 9 Hours Ago
        @echoecho113
        what is the matter with the states? people can't afford to pay HUMUNGOUS tickets anymore and are being extremely careful. Lost revenue. So now they want to give efficient cars (electric) a ticket for $100 anyways. Probably going to hand it right over to the big greedy gas monopolies!
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