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Wilimington Star criticizes G.A.’s attack on fuel efficient cars

In case you missed it, the Wilmington Star has a thoughtful editorial about the new taxes on fuel efficent cars in the Senate budget.

The fossil-fuel industry couldn’t have written a better bill to discourage North Carolinians from buying hybrid and electric cars, but it didn’t have to. The state Senate budget released Sunday contains a provision that would tax owners of hybrid and electric vehicles because, according to Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, “They don’t pay the motor fuels tax.”

It would cost hybrid owners an extra $50 a year to renew their registrations, on top of the $28 all car owners pay. Owners of electric vehicles would get socked with an extra $100. That’s apparently the thanks drivers get for trying to save money on gasoline and reduce carbon emissions….

In fairness, this may not be a conscious effort to discourage the purchase of hybrids and all-electric vehicles, but the proposal illustrates that the gas tax relied on for so long to build and repair our state’s roads has its limits. As cars have gotten more fuel-efficient overall and during the recent recession, revenue from the motor fuels tax has dropped. It is expected to continue to decline as fuel efficiency continues to improve and hybrids become even more popular.

That leaves the General Assembly with a big dilemma: how to pay for billions of dollars in construction and maintenance needs over the next decade….

Read the entire editorial by clicking here.

 

2 Comments


  1. Doug

    May 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    So in this case, progressives and leftists are in favor of the rich people; who can pay for an over priced “green” vehicle ; not paying “their fair share”. Is this because these hippie wanna be’s are part of your chosen people? Look, if the car does not have to pay much or any fuel tax in proportion to miles driven, but still helps contribute to wear and tear on the roads then something needs to be done to contribute to the welfare of the road system. I know you progressos are all for us contributing to the greater good…..think of this as Medicaid for the roads, we have to contribute to the poor roads! Think of the 600,000** roads that will be left off the system!

    (**or 300,000……no wait it is now 200,000….sorry 100,000…..see how I am mirroring the way the estimates for potential uncovered Medicaid recipients?)

  2. Barbara

    May 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I drive a civic hybrid that is paid off and 8 years old. I STILL PAY FOR GAS. My little car is more efficient than my old sedan but I still fill up on a regular basis. It’s not much more effiicient than other small cars on the market these days, but it is paid off and runs well. Guess I get to get penalized for being thrifty and planet conscious. And I am FAR from a rich yuppie that paid high dollar for my car. It was the same price as other used hondas when I needed a car. A fuel efficient and economical choice…

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