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Minn. considers program to tax cars for miles traveled

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WASHINGTON (March 31, 2014) — Minnesota is contemplating legislation to impose a vehicle mileage user fee.

According to the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s SEMA Action Network (SAN), the Minnesota pilot program would be administered by the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT).

Under the bill, the DOT must report to the legislature its design options and recommendations for a permanent program that would be implemented in the near term. SAN said the bill seeks to penalize national efforts to create a more fuel-efficient vehicle fleet, and noted that “as gas tax revenues decrease due to hybrid and electric vehicle ownership, states are looking for new sources of funding for pet projects.”

More information about the proposed legislation is available on the SAN website or by contacting SEMA’s Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

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