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Transportation Departments Consider Alternative Tax Methods

Departments of transportation all across the nation say they are losing revenue due to the increasing number of electric and alternative-fuel vehicles on the roads. Since those cars use less or no gasoline, their owners aren't paying their fair share of taxes to maintain the roadways. Kansas Secretary of Transportation Deb Miller says one option could be a vehicle miles-travelled tax. GPS technology would track the number of miles travelled by a given vehicle. That same technology could also be used to track where and when a person travels. Miller says the "Big Brother" question has definitely been raised, but it would not be the first "tracking" technology in existence:

The state of Oregon already has legislation pending that would institute such a program. Minnesota, Iowa, Nevada and Texas are also studying a miles-based tax.

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