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Minn. bill to tax cars for miles traveled dies

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. (June 2, 2014) — Legislation that would have established a pilot program to impose a vehicle mileage user fee died when the state legislature adjourned for the year.

According to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the legislation would have been administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The bill “sought to penalize national efforts to create a more fuel-efficient vehicle fleet by taxing drivers based on vehicle mileage,” SEMA said, noting 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 details on the bill are available by contacting SEMA’s Steve McDonald via email at stevem@sema.org.

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Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?

I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.
46%
(36 votes)
I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.
13%
(10 votes)
I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.
24%
(19 votes)
I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.
14%
(11 votes)
I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.
3%
(2 votes)
Total votes: 78