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New proposal would tax Illinois drivers per mile

A new proposal could tax Illinois drivers by the mile and mean devices are used to track the distance they travel.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new proposal could tax Illinois drivers by the mile and mean devices are used to track the distance they travel.

The proposal from state Senate President John Cullerton to pay for fixing Illinois' roads is aimed at gasoline tax revenue that has declined, the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports. He says vehicles getting better mileage still wear on roads, and that there needs to be a better way for the state to collect taxes and fund repair work.

Under the plan, drivers could choose one of two ways that a device monitors their mileage, or opt to pay a 1.5-cent-per-mile tax on a base 30,000 miles traveled annually.

Cullerton says Illinois drivers would receive a refund for costs of gasoline taxes.

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