Illinois Senate president drops idea to tax miles driven to finance roads
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) —
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.