President Joe Biden’s campaign to get car owners to switch to electric vehicles has a lot of support from Michigan politicians.
Biden reaffirmed his support for phasing out gasoline-powered transportation when he recently met with Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan.
“When it comes to gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less dependent on fossil fuels when this is over. finished”, the president said.
Local leaders are heeding that call.
In the Michigan Legislature, several Democrats, along with two House Republicans, are seeking special favors for the electric vehicle industry. Bills being considered in the House and Senate would exempt electric vehicle buyers from sales and use taxes. They would also give buyers $2,500 toward the cost of an electric vehicle and home charging station.
Democrats in Congress pushed part of the administration’s broad green energy agenda with an infrastructure bill that gives $5 billion in taxpayer money to the electric vehicle industry.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, echoed Biden’s view of stopping the gas car when she said she had felt unconcerned about high gas prices while driving her electric vehicle from Lansing to Washington.
Lansing has also maintained the state’s unusual double taxation scheme on gasoline as Michigan drivers continue to suffer. The state government charges both a per-gallon excise tax and a percentage-based sales tax on gasoline. DC Governor Gretchen Whitmer earlier this year vetoed a bill that would have suspended state excise tax of 27.2 cents per gallon on gasoline.
Lawmakers are pushing a set of bills that provide rewards for electric car sales.
House Bill 6233Introduced by Rep. Terry Sabo, D-Muskegon, it would exempt sales of used electric vehicles from state use tax.
Senate Bill 1017, introduced by Sen. Sean McCann, D-Kalamazoo, would give $2,000 in taxpayer money to those who could afford to buy an electric vehicle priced up to $80,000. In the House, Rep. Matt Koleszar, D-Plymouth. proposed Bill 6054 to achieve the same purpose. Rep. Scott VanSingel, R-Grant, and Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann, are among the co-sponsors of that bill, along with several Democrats.
Senate Bill 1016, introduced by Senator Dayna Polehanki, D-Livonia, requires the state to give people up to $500 to purchase and install a home electric charging station. In the House, Rep. Scott VanSingel, R-Grant, introduced a similar measure, House Bill 6055. Representative Jack O’Malley is a co-sponsor of the bill, along with several Democrats.
Some of the bill’s sponsors have supported relief for current drivers in addition to subsidies for electric vehicle projects. Sabo, VanSingel, O’Malley, McCann and Polehanki voted to suspend the gas tax.
None of the lead sponsors of these bills responded to email requests for comment.
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