Illinois Senate President backs off taxing drivers by the mile

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate President is backing off plans to tax Illinois drivers by how many miles they drive.

Democrat John Cullerton proposed a bill in Springfield to tax drivers by the mile as a way to raise more money to fix Illinois roads.

Gas tax revenue has been declining since more fuel efficient cars are now on the roads, but after strong negative feedback from constituents, Cullerton now says he will not move forward with the idea.

Cullerton posted this statement on his Facebook page:

“Thank you to everyone for weighing in on ideas for how to fund road construction in Illinois. I filed legislation to start discussion and debate and get feedback on how the state could replace the gas tax. I’ve received a lot of constructive feedback that will help shape future policies. I do not intend to move forward with SB3267.”

Another Springfield plan could simply raise the gas tax to 30 cents a gallon.