Possible double taxation and concerns about privacy are among the biggest criticisms against implementing a vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, tax.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker brought the idea of tracking and taxing miles driven to the editorial board of the suburban Daily Herald last week as a way to pay for infrastructure projects in Illinois.

Such a pilot program that is voluntary and only available for 5,000 drivers is ongoing in Oregon. Beginning this year, the program charges 1.7 cents per mile.

Oregon-based Cascade Policy Institute President and CEO John Charles was part of a commission to bring about the program.

“Back in 2001, the Oregon legislature decided to see a future in which the motor fuel tax would eventually become minor or completely irrelevant due to the coming revolution of hybrid vehicles, and now all-electric vehicles and people with such vehicles pay little or zero motor fuel tax and become free riders and the system wouldn’t work,” Charles said.

If a state like Illinois were ever to fully implement such a system, taxpayers need to hold politicians’ feet to the fire to get rid of other taxes, Charles said.

“[Legislators] can’t get themselves to do that,” Charles said. “They just want to double and triple tax people. OK, well that’s where it goes away then. You’re not going to get public support for double taxation.”

If such a program involves a transponder reporting to government where drivers travel, Charles said there will be privacy concerns.

“As electric cars penetrate the market at an increasing rate, I think every state is going to have to grapple with this issue, which is, ‘What’s the future like if motorists aren’t buying motor fuel, how are you going to pay for roads infrastructure?’ ” Charles said.

Taxpayers will have to be persistent that if a user fee is implemented in one area, a tax must be repealed from another, he insisted.

“People are not going to stand for it unless you’re going to give them some tax relief from some other second or third tax,” Charles said. “Politicians have a very, very hard time getting that message.”

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  • Erik Fries | Jan 23,2018

    more bikes on the road maybe haha

  • Adam Shaver | Jan 23,2018

    How about we pay enough in taxes to live in the state of Illinois as it is. GTFO.

  • Mindy Linkevich | Jan 23,2018

    That’s Ridiculous!

  • Sydney Taylor Yeung | Jan 23,2018

    How do I put this nicely……F**K THAT!

  • Barbara Bernett | Jan 23,2018

    Don’t we support the state enough??

  • Susan Greve | Jan 23,2018

    As long as his billions are paying for it!

  • Janet Mils | Jan 23,2018

    No way! I liked him until now.

  • Nicholas Gobsk | Jan 23,2018

    Another corrupt mentally ill obese liberal.

  • Jay L. Lopez | Jan 23,2018

    He just lost the election

  • Tony Savino | Jan 23,2018

    They already do it’s called TOLL

  • Mary-Lynn Pace | Jan 23,2018

    That’s outrageous, they already pay a high price for that car. Is the state going pay for a new battery when the time comes ?

  • Jackie Hare | Jan 23,2018

    This guy is a huge douche bag!

  • John Armstrong | Jan 23,2018

    Guess it is time to buy a horse

  • Patrick McDermott | Jan 23,2018

    The scariest part of the glory of Rich Gang

  • Sebastian Wiatr | Jan 23,2018

    What a dickhead

  • Laura Hartshorn-Miller | Jan 23,2018

    And the mad exodus of ppl moving out of Illinois will continue.

  • JCarlos Sanroman | Jan 23,2018

    It looks like they are trying to kick people out by raising and creating new taxes

  • Linda Kelly | Jan 23,2018

    Another brain dead rich guy

  • Janet Powers | Jan 23,2018

    He is really a dumb ass.

  • John Olsen | Jan 23,2018

    Chris Kennedy you guys. F*ck JB. VOTE KENNEDY.

  • Jane McClain Schrieder | Jan 23,2018

    Isn’t that the main job of a politician, figure out new ways to tax us. They eliminate one tax, but always replace it with another. It must be hard.

  • Brandy Turcotte | Jan 23,2018

    What an idiot!! Sounds like another soda tax scam! Get rid of them all!

  • John Olsen | Jan 23,2018

    In all fairness everyone, the article says straight out that it’s just an idea and not likely to be law anytime soon. Also says its a bad idea lol.

    • Phil Fox | Jan 23,2018

      This is the 2nd or 3rd time the idea has been brought up in the last few years

  • Brandy Turcotte | Jan 23,2018

    Let’s give people another reason to leave this state!

  • Marlene Grzeskowiak Brzoska | Jan 23,2018

    Billionaire moron!

  • Scott Robinson | Jan 23,2018

    Boy Illinois is turning into Lil’Cali ! It’s a matter of time before your taxed for the air you breathe and the water you drink! Oh thats right they already do that need to come up with another bright idea to screw the taxpayers!

  • Dan Miller | Jan 23,2018

    Think of it. They can only charge to the state line.

  • Papa Ino Saldivar | Jan 23,2018

    There are mileage vehicles in Illinois already ever see the plates and odometers on trailers. They pay per mile.

  • James Christopher Davis | Jan 23,2018


  • Paul Linkevich | Jan 23,2018

    If you’re going to tax miles, you have to repeal gas tax. The playing field would then be even between gas and electric cars.

  • Christine Semrich | Jan 23,2018

    Are you nuts?

  • Donna Sanderson | Jan 23,2018


  • Donna Sanderson | Jan 23,2018

    I think Illinois is a thief

  • Tim James | Jan 23,2018

    Screw him

  • Robert H. Seminary | Jan 23,2018

    He’s an idiot, I can’t think of a word to describe this useless man. I’m a small business owner some days I drive 10 miles for work some days 200 through Illinois. Think what this idiots idea will do for my business. I’m losing a lot of respect for people who consider or end up voting for him. This type of thinking has to stop

  • Efren Vallejo | Jan 23,2018

    No tax is ideal but it’s way cheaper than the current motor fuel tax

  • Debra Lynn | Jan 23,2018

    JB needs a BJ

  • Carol Tobias | Jan 24,2018

    Tell the JB Pritz to go screw himself.

  • Linda Denbow | Jan 24,2018

    I may never be able to afford an electric car but at least the people who can are polluting the planet Les why do we have to text them differently for doing what they can

  • Linda Denbow | Jan 24,2018

    Are we going to tax people who ride bicycles as well

  • Greg Liebman | Jan 24,2018

    As so often happens with headlines like this, the knees starting jerking before the brain started thinking. It didn’t help that the writer left out some key details. 1)This isn’t an Illinois issue–it’s a national issue. Every state is struggling to fund construction and repair projects that rely heavily on gas tax revenues because cars have gotten more fuel efficient….not just electric. Less gas used, less taxes coming in….cost of maintenance doesn’t go down. 2)The theory behind using gas taxes was–and is–that the more you use the roads, the more gas you buy, so the people who use the roads the most have traditionally paid the most. Not so with electric, and their number will continue to grow. So, the question to all of you who think this is a dumb idea is simply—How do you make sure that the people who use the roads pay for the roads? Every state is wrestling with the problem—on a federal level, the gas tax has been the same since 1993, and the trust fund continues to decline. Do you want to ditch the gas tax completely and increase registration fees by hundreds of dollars? Do you want every road to be a tollway and have transponders be required for all drivers? Increase registration fees based on the weight of your vehicle? Something will have to be done, and I’ll give Pritzker credit for at least acknowledging the problem, even if it’s not popular. And, for the record, I read the interview. He didn’t say he “wants to tax you on the miles you drive”. He said we need to figure out a way to pay for roads when electric and fuel efficient cars are no longer providing enough money to keep the roads maintained. It’s very easy to bitch about our problems and pretend they’ll go away, but at some point people have to look at these problems and do something about it.

    • Scott Karg | Jan 24,2018

      There is no way to make a tax increase a winning issue, and the idea of the government tracking miles isn’t exactly a winner either, but the roads do need to be funded.

    • Greg Liebman | Jan 24,2018

      Nobody has come up with an ideal solution…yet, and the key is to figure out a way that people who use the roads pay for the roads, without invading privacy. People freaked out with transponders for the tollway when they first came out…I’m thinking that there should be a way to invent one that can track mileage without location. Otherwise, we’re going to end up with a huge registration fee increase that penalizes people who don’t drive much.

  • Piotr Madej | Jan 24,2018

    Yes keep voting in morons like this guy

  • Alan Saul | Jan 24,2018

    This fat ass has done nothing to earn his money, it was given to him. His father was a financial genius but this apple fell off the tree worm infested. Ever look at other states taxes on real estate for the current value of your house? Atlanta area is about 20% of what we pay, N. Carolina 1/3 are just 2 examples. The state is broke and run by morons. Madigan has set a great example for this call for term limits, there is the proof of its need. Listen to the Rod B. and JB FBI tapes to know this pig doesnt belong any where near taxpayer money.

  • Billie Dreyer Olson | Jan 26,2018

    doesn’t Illinois pay enough in taxes and want that what the tollway was for?

    • Debbie Dreyer | Jan 26,2018

      The tollway was supposed to have been paid for decades ago!!!

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