Virginia’s Governor, Bob McDonnell has an interesting solution to his state’s revenue problem. He plans on dropping the gasoline tax and instead taxing internet shoppers and Prius owners.
McDonnell sees Priuses and other “alternative fuel” automobiles as a threat to the state’s coffers. The state gasoline tax has remained largely unchanged over the last several decades and even with rising gasoline prices, the tax revenue has remained flat, primarily due to more fuel efficient cars.
Gasoline powered cars are one of the largest threats to the environment. Most people would probably feel that lower gasoline consumption would be a good thing for everyone. Not McDonnell. His plan is to reward gas-guzzling drivers by eliminating the state gasoline tax for them and to punish fuel efficient drivers by taxing them.