Illinois Might Tax Drivers per Mile

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Illinois drivers will pay mileage taxes to raise revenue for major construction projects, if a proposal from the president of IL’s Senate, Sen. John Cullerton, gets his way.

Under Cullerton’s pan, Illinois will require cars to have a device to track the miles. From KMOV:

First, drivers can have a device put on their cars that tracks when they’re in Illinois and charge a tax for that.

Or drivers can opt for the flat tax of one and a half cent per mile if they don’t want the tracking device on their car due to privacy concerns.

Sen. Cullerton wants to tax people 1.5 cent-per-mile. Fuel-efficient vehicles have caused major cuts in gas-tax revenue.

“Because people are buying less gas if they buy a hybrid. That is the point. It seems like they are still trying to cash in,” stated resident Jason Harper.

Kim Mott drove 13,000 miles in the past six months for her job. “I [drive] to different clinics that I can work for,” explained Kim Mott. “I will move to another state. Thank you, Illinois.”