First signs appear of mileage tax

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — The first signs of a mileage tax proposal just surfaced at the statehouse.

The new bill would create a pilot program for drivers who sign up for it and tax them per mile they drove. Before Governor Pritzker’s inauguration, whispers of a possible mileage tax or perhaps a higher gas tax started surfacing. Here is what Pritzker said at the time:

“We talked about all the options that are available to us. We have not eliminated any of those options available to us at the moment.  I am working with Republicans already and Democrats, So we are working together. It has to be a bipartisan effort and we will get there.

There he says he is not eliminating any options. But Monday night, a spokeswoman said:

Governor Pritzker is committed to working across the aisle to pass the state’s first major capital plan in a decade…There are a variety of ways to pay for it, but a vehicle mileage tax is not one of the ways he is considering.

This bill has not passed the first hurdle, which is the committee in whic it was proposed. Further information will be given if it advances.

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