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User Fees, Gas Taxes, and Electric Cars: The Coming Reckoning
The saying goes that the only sure things are death and taxes. For electric car owners in Pennsylvania, the only sure thing is death. Taxes seem to be a bit iffy. PennDOT is funded by gas taxes, registration fees, and other fees and tolls. Most of these are characterized as user fees, which over the decades has proven to be a sensible way to fund our transportation infrastructure. For 2020-21, PennDOT should get $6.9 billion for highways and bridges. Of that, 74% will come from gas taxes. Currently, the Federal gas tax is 18.4 cents a gallon, unchanged since 1993. The State gas tax is 58.7 cents a gallon. Both are folded into the pump price of gasoline. But if you have an electric car, there are no visits to the gas pump.