2018-02-13 / Maine

Lawmakers to consider hybrid car fee

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I rarely disagree with

I rarely disagree with Governor LePage but on this one, I entirely do. One of the biggest incentives to buying an electric/hybrid vehicle is saving money on gas and consequently putting less pollutants into the environment. Instead of punishing people who buy these vehicles, we should be encouraging people to buy them. Hike up the tax a bit on the price of gas for all if you have a shortfall in highway maintenance funding. The result is you close the budget shortfall to some degree, encourage more people to switch to an environmentally friendly vehicle, and perhaps encourage more people to drive less altogether as a consequence of higher gas prices which also would result in less wear and tear on the roads.