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.