If it doesn't move, subsize it. Then tax it the moment it starts moving. 

If you paid extra for an electric car, hoping to make up the costs through tax credits and lower fuel prices, then Washington State's ever-hungry legislature has some news for you: They want their cut.

Drivers of electric cars may have left the gas pump behind, but there's one expense they may not be able to shake: paying to maintain the roads.

After years of urging residents to buy fuel-efficient cars and giving them tax breaks to do it, Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure to charge them a $100 annual fee — what would be the nation's first electric car fee.

The old Reagan line was: "If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it."

We're just doing that in reverse now.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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