Illinois Lawmakers Drop Idea of Taxing Drivers Per Mile - NBC Chicago

Illinois Lawmakers Drop Idea of Taxing Drivers Per Mile

The idea was to allow motorists to choose to have a device monitor mileage or pay 1.5 cents per mile on a base 30,000 miles yearly

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    Illinois Lawmakers Drop Idea of Taxing Drivers Per Mile
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    The Illinois Senate president says he will not pursue a proposal to pay for road construction by taxing motorists by the miles they drive. 

    John Cullerton is a Chicago Democrat. He floated the idea last week because revenue from taxes on gasoline is declining. Cars are more fuel-efficient but they still wear out roads. 

    The idea was to allow motorists to choose to have a device monitor mileage or pay 1.5 cents per mile on a base 30,000 miles yearly. 

    Cullerton posted on social media Friday that he intended the plan — which the Executive Committee aired on Wednesday — to spark debate about more efficient ways to fund road-building. 

    He says he "received a lot of constructive feedback" but will not pursue his plan.

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