Letter: Don’t punish drivers of fuel-efficient cars

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I am pleased to read that the governor says he will veto House Bill 1763.

The bill would put on extra tax on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles which pay a lower road use tax per mile.

Yes, we will eventually need to find a new way to fund maintenance of our roads and bridges and a tax per mile might be appropriate someday, perhaps with higher weight vehicles paying more because they damage roads more. For today, it seems wise to encourage the development of electric and fuel efficient vehicles and discourage inefficient ones, which contribute unnecessarily to climate change.

For now, I hope the state will raise the fuel tax again to cover our present needs. The gas tax is one tax we should support because we pay in direct proportion to what we use.