Owning an electric car in Illinois could cost you $1,000 a year

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — A proposal introduced into the Illinois Senate this week would hike the state’s gas tax to 44 cents per gallon, double the driver’s license fee to $60, and raise the vehicle registration fee to $148, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Under Sen. Martin Sandoval’s (D-Chicago) proposal, the registration fee for electric vehicles would increase from $17.50 to $1,000, because electric car owners don’t pay the gas tax.

Sandoval said his plan hopes to raise $2.4 billion in annual transportation funding.

“Our transportation system has been underfunded for far too long and it’s time for Illinois to transition to a more sustainable funding method to fix our crumbling roads and the more than 2,300 bridges in our state that are rated as structurally deficient,” Sandoval said in a statement. “We’ve been kicking this can down the road for decades and it’s time for us to finally step up and find a solution.”

The Tribune also reports that the bill includes language that would increase the number of minority, female and veteran apprentices working on public infrastructure projects.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce said it supports a gas tax increase, but only if coupled with a repeal on the state’s sales tax on gas.

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