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Proposed $1,000 Illinois electric vehicle registration fee called unfair by EV owners and manufacturers

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Posted By: AltaD, 5/10/2019 2:24:47 PM

A proposed hike in Illinois´ annual registration fee for electric vehicles, from $17.50 to $1,000, is being called unfair by current EV owners, and a sales disincentive by manufacturers - just as the new technology is beginning to gain broader traction. "It´s outrageous," said Nicoletta Skarlatos, 56, of Chicago, who bought a Tesla Model S five years ago. "I thought Illinois was progressive and would want to encourage EV ownership." Aimed at raising money to make overdue road improvements across Illinois, the proposed legislation would also more than double the state´s gas tax to 44 cents a gallon, and raise

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Nevadadad46 5/10/2019 2:29:07 PM (No. 60691)
And there you have the fly in the ointment- Greedy, hypocritical legislators and government in general. Now can we all call it the bull scat it really is?

Windmills, corn for ethanol instead of food, and electric cars. All total bull scat!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Plex 5/10/2019 2:33:40 PM (No. 60704)
A long overdue unintended consequence of using gas taxes to pay for roads. It made sense a long time ago and toll roads were viewed as a pain in the ...
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Heil Liberals 5/10/2019 2:43:12 PM (No. 60679)
No, sir, what is outrageous is that I have had to subsidize your elitist, holier-than-thou purchase for almost two decades. The "tax incentive" is nothing more than a give-away to the Elon Musk´s of the world. And, as has been proven, electric vehicles are net polluters. Add to that that sans nuclear power, they are consumers of fossil fuel generated electricity.

A thousand dollars a year is a great deal for you, and even better for me, the fuel tax paying citizen.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: rockeysroomie 5/10/2019 2:46:00 PM (No. 60690)
Suck it up buttercup!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Omen55 5/10/2019 2:50:34 PM (No. 60694)
Tax incentives to buy the car.
They need to pay the $1K as their fair share!!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: M2 5/10/2019 3:01:55 PM (No. 60683)
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Starboard_side 5/10/2019 3:07:49 PM (No. 60688)
Maybe this progressive mantra will help Nicoletta feel better:

"This is a good first step".

Sadly, most of the money ends up going to pay for salaries, benefits and pensions of the highway workers, and not road repairs.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JHHolliday 5/10/2019 3:23:11 PM (No. 60684)
Illinois is for all intents and purposes a bankrupt state. This just a revenue grab. They are also raising the state tax on gasoline. I would be willing to bet that money will be blown by politicians on pet projects while very few roads get fixed.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: seamusm 5/10/2019 3:24:15 PM (No. 60680)
You want to use our roads - then pay like the rest of us. No more free ride.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: ZeldaFitzg 5/10/2019 3:29:08 PM (No. 60703)
Our local Whole Foods had a car charging station very early on. After a couple of years, they removed it. Lack of use? Probably.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Krause 5/10/2019 3:33:32 PM (No. 60696)
They just want electric car sales to drop. This should do it.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: mc squared 5/10/2019 3:47:30 PM (No. 60687)
Gee. People with their ears to the ground never saw this coming.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: KTWO 5/10/2019 3:49:10 PM (No. 60681)
Has Illinois evolved to ´if it moves, tax it´?

I remain undecided about Peak Oil. But there will be no Peak Taxation.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: hershey 5/10/2019 4:00:24 PM (No. 60692)
As bad as Kalifornia....drive electric cars, drive less miles, gas tax income decreases, increase gas tax and registration...what could possibly go wrong?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Avanti1 5/10/2019 4:06:13 PM (No. 60678)
The electric car owners who want to "save the planet" should not mind paying $1,000 per year.

Neither should the electric car owners who use public roads mind paying $1,000 toward maintenance of those roads otherwise partially funded by taxes on gasoline.

It´s only fair.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Ribicon 5/10/2019 4:07:58 PM (No. 60699)
EV owners don´t pay their "fair share" because they don´t buy gasoline, and thus don´t pay for road and bridge maintenance. To address this, there´s an uglier push to transition us all to taxation by the mile; wouldn´t we all embrace tracking devices in our cars, for the Greater Good? It´s coming.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: DVC 5/10/2019 4:26:00 PM (No. 60701)
Since they pay no gas tax, sounds fair.

But these subisidized jerks expect everyone else to pay for them to drive their ´magic cars´, which are shown to be more harmful to the environment, when you consider the battery manufacture and disposal problems.

And they are powered by coal, very inefficiently.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Philipsonh 5/10/2019 4:31:12 PM (No. 60697)
The answer is easy. Many politicians have never held an actual day job or run a business. Those that have know that a balanced budget is critical. Biden, Schumer, and Pelosi come to mind, but they are the tip of the iceberg. ( * Mr Biden did spend 4 years as an attorney, decades ago ). If a person has never had to meet a payroll, pay off a loan, or get up at 5 AM to work a 40 plus hour week, or more than one job to make ends meet, how can they relate to those that do. They are paid to spend OTHER people´s money and they take advantage of their positions, BUT they are overall ignorant., and some, outright corrupt ( That´s you, Maxine Waters ).
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Reply 19 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 5/10/2019 5:07:59 PM (No. 60686)
Tax it if it moves!
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Reply 20 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 5/10/2019 5:35:38 PM (No. 60695)
I be for paying by the mile and it wouldn´t need any new tracking devices, its called an odometer. Of course remove all gas taxes first.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA 5/10/2019 6:08:50 PM (No. 60700)
What a surprise. Follow the money, honey, this was never about global warming or cooling or anything else about the planet. It was about giving tax money to their pals for pie in the sky schemes so that they could then rake back in form of political contributions. This is the real world, now pay me now because see it is always "pay me now or pay me later" and "later" has arrived.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: bhkat 5/10/2019 7:55:00 PM (No. 60702)
The rates aren´t being raised to go to current workers, they´re being raised to go to people who are already retired for their pension.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: JL80863 5/10/2019 9:01:16 PM (No. 60682)
After reading the comments I think the fee should be $2000.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: watashiyo 5/10/2019 9:24:07 PM (No. 60689)
They need the money to subsidize their bankrupt Pension system.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Fosterdad 5/10/2019 10:08:12 PM (No. 60698)
It´s probably excessive, but the theory is sound. Electric car owners pay nothing in fuel and fuel sales taxes (Illinois has a sales tax on fuel on top of the regular state and federal fuel taxes) so they get to use the roads for free. I figure the average Illinois resident pays $400-$500 per year in fuel and fuel sales taxes, so $1000 is a excessive. Make it $450 and then electric car owners would be paying their fair share.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: franq 5/11/2019 6:38:28 AM (No. 60693)
You can pay me now or pay me later.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: ROLFNader 5/11/2019 7:26:57 AM (No. 60685)
At least this will give Elon Musk´s eventual bankruptcy something to hide behind.
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