Cullerton drops idea to tax miles driven to finance roads

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ The Illinois Senate president says he will not pursue a proposal to pay for road construction by taxing motorists by the miles they drive.

John Cullerton is a Chicago Democrat. He floated the idea last week because revenue from taxes on gasoline is declining. Cars are more fuel-efficient but they still wear out roads.

The idea was to allow motorists to choose to have a device monitor mileage or pay 1.5 cents per mile on a base 30,000 miles yearly.

Cullerton posted on social media Fridy that he intended the plan _ which the Executive Committee aired on Wednesday _ to spark debate about more efficient ways to fund road-building.

He says he “received a lot of constructive feedback” but will not pursue his plan.