Congressionally-created Commission Recommends Mileage Tax Instead of Fuel Tax for Transportation Infrastructure Financing

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A bi-partisan Congressionally-created commission has recommended a shift from motor fuel taxes to direct fees charged to transportation infrastructure users—i.e., a federal mileage fee—as a way to reform financing of the US transportation infrastructure. The recommendation is part of the final report issued by the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, “ Paying Our Way: A New Framework for Transportation Finance ”.

Mn/DOT assessing potential for mileage-based user fee to replace fuel tax; Battelle conducting technology assessment

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) will recruit 500 people from Wright and Hennepin counties to take part in research to test technology that could someday be used to collect a mileage-based user fee (MBUF) in lieu of a gasoline tax. Minnesota’s highway revenues are derived from three sources: the gas tax, vehicle registration fee or tabs and the motor vehicle sales tax.

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Massachusetts Governor Proposes $0.19 Increase in State Fuel Tax to Support Transportation Projects

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As part of a comprehensive reform plan to simplify the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ transportation system, Governor Deval Patrick is proposing a fuel tax increase of $0.19 The increased fuel tax is intended to be in lieu of an increase in tolls. With Federal fuel taxes included, the tax on gasoline in the state would be $0.609 per gallon, and the tax on diesel would be $0.669 per gallon.

NJ boosts gasoline tax 22.5% to $0.507/gallon effective 1 October, diesel to $0.577

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New Jersey’s Department of the Treasury announced on Friday that lower fuel consumption trends, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, will necessitate a gas tax increase of $0.093 per gallon in order to ensure compliance with the 2016 law that requires a steady stream of revenue to support the state’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) program. The increase brings the gasoline tax from $0.414 to $0.507 per gallon (22.5%). Fuels Market Background Regulations

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Next 10 report finds California will meet or exceed original target of 1.5M ZEVs by 2025

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates battery cost will decline by almost 10% until 2025, when ZEVs will reach price parity with ICE vehicles. The growth of ZEVs represents a potential drain on motor vehicle fuel taxes, which could affect state transportation revenue.

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FedEx and VW EV Plans, Second GM Battery Factory – EV Week in Review: Mar 2 – Mar 8

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GM is close to building a second EV battery factory in the US, report says – General Motors is considering building a second battery factory in the United States, The Wall Street Journal reports , in order to ramp up its production of electric vehicles.

Sen. Baucus draft for energy tax reform focuses on clean production of electricity and fuels; repeals plug-in vehicle credits

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced the latest in a series of discussion drafts to overhaul the US tax code. This new staff discussion draft focuses energy tax policy on stimulating domestic, clean production of electricity and transportation fuels, which account for 68% of energy consumed in the US. It also would repeal a number of current tax incentives, including those for plug-in electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles.

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Proposed US Transportation Reauthorization Plan Links Greenhouse Gas Reductions to Transportation Planning

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The Surface Transportation Authorization Act: Doubles the investment in highway and motor carrier safety to $12.6 Establishing a new program to finance planning, design, and construction of high-speed rail. The Fund is replenished by revenue collected from motor fuel taxes. The situation has worsened with decreasing fuel purchases; the advent of more fuel-efficient vehicles in the future would also further stress the existing funding mechanism.

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Profile: Li-ion Battery and Pack Supplier Valence Technology

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In Great Britain vehicles are heavily taxed via fuel taxes, the value added tax, registration fees and location specific congestion charges and the cumulative effect of these taxes can have a significant impact on a vehicle’s operating cost. In May 2008, the Telegraph newspaper in the UK reported that British drivers paid 57 pence/liter or $2.99/ gallon of diesel in excise tax which doesn’t include the value added tax. Finances.

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