WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Virginia Senate Votes To Repeal Tax On Hybrid Cars

Play associated audio

The annual license tax imposed on hybrid vehicles as part of last year's transportation-funding law may be on its way out after the Virginia Senate overwhelmingly to repeal it.

Seventy-five thousand Virginians paid the tax after it took effect in July 2013.

Bill opponents said repealing the $64-per-vehicle tax would subtract dollars from the state's highway maintenance and operating fund, and it would need to be replaced. Senator John Watkins argued to the Senate that hybrid owners should help pay for road wear-and-tear.

"I don't care what kind of vehicle it is that you have. If you take up space on the roads then you owe part of the fare," he said.

But Senator Adam Ebbin had a different view. "Sure, these hybrids take up space on the roads. And they pay for that space. They all pay the gasoline tax," he argued.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe also weighed in as he spoke with reporters. "If it comes through the House and the Senate, sure, I'd sign it," he said.

The bill passed on a vote of 35 to 3 and now heads to the House, where a committee just approved a similar measure.

NPR

From Medical Maggots To Stench Soup, 'Grunt' Explores The Science Of Warfare

When it comes to curiosity, science writer Mary Roach describes herself as someone who is "very out there." Her new book, Grunt, looks at some scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe.
NPR

Venezuela Is Running Out Of Beer Amid Severe Economic Crisis

The country's largest beer producer, Empresas Polar, halted operations because the government restricted access to imported barley. But the president has pinned the entire food crisis on Polar.
NPR

Donald Trump Attacks Federal Judge Involved In Trump University Case

Donald Trump continues to face lawsuits over his for-profit education company, Trump University. Trump accused federal judge Gonzalo Curiel of bias in one case, and said the judge, who is from Indiana, "happens to be, we believe, Mexican." NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Washington Post political reporter Tom Hamburger about the case.
NPR

Weather Technology Falters Amid Communication Breakdown

Springtime is severe weather time in many parts of the United States. Strong storms and tornadoes can be a daily occurrence. Technology has improved to warn people days in advance, but effectively communicating severe weather remains elusive.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.