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Lawmaker: Bill to tax Ill. drivers on miles driven proposed to 'spark debate'

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Springfield, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

An idea floated by Illinois state lawmakers to tax motorists for every mile driven is dead.

The proposal was recently introduced by legislators as a way to bring in more highway funding. Officials say money from the gas tax has been declining in recent years due to better fuel efficiency and electric cars.

Under the plan, drivers would be taxed 1.5 cents for every mile driven, something that would have been tracked by a device on the car.

On social media, Illinois Senate Democrats recently announced the idea has been put on the shelf after officials heard feedback from constituents.  

Many residents told News 4 they believe the proposal is a terrible idea.

State Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Edwardsville says the problem is not a lack of highway funds, but how the money is being spent.

“The issue is that money in the road fund is used to pay for other things than preserving existing roads and building new ones,” said Kay.

Senate President John Cullerton said he never expected the bill to become law, but was merely trying to start a discussion about highway funding.

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