Recent Missouri Editorials

Recent Missouri Editorials

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The Kansas City Star, March 8 Why would Missouri punish owners of fuel-efficient cars with higher registration fees? Missouri is inching toward a major change in the way it pays for highway improvements and repairs. Drivers should pay attention. For decades, the state has raised highway revenue from fees collected when a driver registers a car. The fees are based on a car’s horsepower, an admittedly archaic way to do it. Sign Up and Save Get six months of free digital access to The News & Observer SUBSCRIBE WITH GOOGLE #ReadLocal Bills now on the table would end that practice. Instead, car owners would pay a fee based on a car’s gas mileage. There’s no doubt about the need to raise additional revenue for Missouri’s road and bridges. Last year, we supported a fuel tax increase for that purpose. But the proposal to change to a gas mileage-based registration system is flawed because it relies on an ill-conceived incentive system: The better your car’s mileage, the higher your cost. If your car gets 20 miles to the gallon, for example, the registration fee would be $24. If your car gets 40 miles to the gallon, the fee is $90. At 60 miles a gallon, the fee tops out at $210 a year. Electric car owners, who use no gasoline, are punished even more. They already pay an annual fee of $75 for what’s called a special fuel decal. The new bill, as introduced, would add $210 to that. The […]

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