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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      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.
      • 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
      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...........
      Fan
      • 5 Months Ago
      backward retards
      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      Just raise the gas tax instead.
        rbnhd1144
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        That just taxes the people that are already paying to use and fix the roads, If you use the road you should pay equally, The guy driving a Volt Prius or Lexus Hybrid can surely afford another $100 a year, or is it my responsibility to support these drivers and all the people taking the bus, Share the road, share the burden of cost.
      Karine
      • 5 Months Ago
      No doubt - Only in america can this happen. First we are told to drive more efficient cars and then we get punished for it ! Nothing but SOB's in Anerica's government ... The sad part is that it prevails in every branch of Government. CROOKS-R-US signs need to be posted on every government office....
        debsully69
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Karine
        And lets not forget they all just got raises.What a country!
      jumpin jiminy
      • 5 Months Ago
      Guess I won't be buying a fuel saving car anytime in the near future.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just wow.
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Religious Zealots. Even if you sold the entire state to the Chinese with the population as slaves, some of these States are so deep in debt, they will never be able to pay back. But this welfare and mother gaya religion just doubles back into its mistakes and marches deeper and deeper into oblivion.
        Ford Future
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        I know these right wing corporate religion nuts still don't believe in "global warming", as the US is in the 4th year of Drought: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu It's almost as if they listen to some "news" source that's COMPLETELY LYING TO THEM EVERY DAY, and they still don't get it. Like: "Romney will win in a landslide", and "global warming isn't real". It's scary they're so gullible.
          Mbukukanyau
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Ford Future
          Key words "Believe in"
          brandon
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Ford Future
          Given how many talking points you hit, you are no better than they are. Hey, keep on believing that you are somehow different or "smarter".
          caddy-v
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Ford Future
          Ten Thousand years ago most of north America was covered by glaciers. I suppose Fred Flinstone and his pedal mobiles caused them to melt. My theory of greenhouse gasses is that liberals spout so much nonsense out of their pie holes it's equivelent to flatulation. Hence, the methane effect. Oh, and by the way, a four year drought is nowhere near the records made even before the gas engine was invented. A liberal mind is a drought of brain cells.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Every tax is both an incentive and a disincentive. The one to incentivize is the electric vehicle - owners are already paying a premium to purchase them. Just increase the gas tax to incentivize MORE usage of high-efficiency vehicles. Look at what you're 'accomplishing' by taxing the preferable mode.
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