Illinois Could See .85 Cent Gas Tax Hike or License Plate Fees Go From $101 to $578

Illinois — A recent report released by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute says that while transportation is a crucial component of the lives of every Illinois resident, employee, and business, Illinois leaders have failed to provide adequate funding.

The report dated April 4, states that from roads to transit systems, maintenance is being deferred and new projects to address safety or congestion needs are increasingly unlikely. In their report, the Illinois Economic Policy Institute examined existing transportation conditions and assessed funding shortfalls, among them that;

  • The number of “backlog” IDOT roadway miles – indicating deterioration that requires immediate maintenance – has increased by 85%, from 1,700 in 2000 to over 3,300 in 2015.
  • 20% of all IDOT roadways are currently in “poor” condition compared to only 8% in 2001.
  • If current funding strategies continue, the number of “backlog” road miles and bridges are expected to increase by 101% and 64%, respectively, by the year 2023.
  • Less than 60% of systems and 70% of guideway elements in the Regional Transportation Authority’s systems are considered to be in “good repair” or within their useful life.

Additional investment will improve congestion issues and contribute to needed safety improvements.

  • The average peak hour commuter in the Chicago region experienced 61 hours of delay annually due to congestion, compared to only 52 hours in 2000.
  • Over 12,600 fatal and serious injuries were witnessed on state and local roadways from vehicle crashes in 2014. Over $4.6 billion per year is necessary to bring all roads, bridges, and transit systems into a state of good repair.
  • IDOT requires an additional $10 billion between 2018 and 2023 to bring all road miles into an acceptable condition and repair all backlog bridges.
  • Total capital needs for statewide transit systems total over $41 billion to bring to a state of good repair through the next 10 years, including $2.72 billion per year above existing funding for the Regional Transit Authority and $0.20 billion per year for downstate transit. Unsustainable funding sources are leading to existing poor conditions.
  • The state motor fuel tax generated nearly $1.8 billion in 1999, but only $1.3 billion in 2015 (2017$).
  • On average, each Illinois driver paid $158 in motor fuel taxes per year in 2015, $65 less than 1999 (in 2017$) – a 29% decrease. Massive changes are needed and Illinois cannot depend on federal sources to supply needed funding.
  • President Trump’s infrastructure plan emphasizes the need for state and local funds to support minimal federal funds.
  • The gasoline and special fuel tax rates would need to be increased to $0.85 and $1.00 per gallon, respectively, to generate the additional $4.6 billion needed per year – increases of 347% and 365%.
  • A vehicle miles traveled fee can produce similar revenues, with a study completed in 2015 estimating over $3.7 billion in revenues for 2016. Transportation fees are minimal compared to added vehicle maintenance costs from poorly maintained roadways and average utility expenses.
  • Drivers in Chicago are estimated to pay an additional $627 per year from vehicle maintenance due to the inferior roadway system.
  • At most, an average Illinois driver currently pays $360 a year – or approximately $30 a month – in state and federal transportation fees.
  • The average annual electricity and cable bills are almost 4 times the typical transportation fees.

Illinois already has the 11th-highest gas tax in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation. An 85-cent tax would put Illinois at No. 1, well ahead of current gas gouger Pennsylvania at 58 cents a gallon. But that’s not all they propose.

In their report they state that Illinois policymakers are now faced with the question of how Illinois will respond to close the $4.6 billion a year funding shortfall: increase existing user fees or consider new funding options?

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Similarly, the report states, as shown in Figure 27, the vehicle registration fees for automobiles and light-duty trucks would require an increase of $578 per vehicle to generate the needed revenues – a 472% increase.

That’s $578 for a license plate sticker.

The Illinois Economic Policy Institute says that at most, an average driver currently pays $360 a year – or approximately $30 a month – in state and federal transportation fees. What these folks who would renovate Illinois’ highways go on to say is that when compared to other average utilities, this is incredibly low.

“…the average person is willing to pay $876 for a phone each year, but only pays around $318 to maintain the transportation system he or she depends on to access work, school, the grocery store, and countless other needs”, the report states.

“The transportation system is a public utility that functions similarly to the electricity network or a public water system. Just the same as a person depends on working electricity and water, the public expects a similarly operational transportation system, yet funding is nowhere near equivalent.”

You can read the full report here.

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41 thoughts on “Illinois Could See .85 Cent Gas Tax Hike or License Plate Fees Go From $101 to $578

  • April 17, 2018 at 8:11 pm
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    Looks like u dipsticks need a raise again. The only reason to raise fuel and or plates is because u idiots absolutely can not control where the tax money is being spent.. get real

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  • April 17, 2018 at 9:42 pm
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    If our state would stop stealing and squandering the revenue from tax payers, there would be plenty. They brought in the lottery and gambling to help our schools, darn, took that money, where is it. I personally believe that the Illinois politicians are purposefully trying to run Illinois into poverty, they are lining their pockets at our expense. We have to eliminate democratic control, they are out of control and destroying everything they touch. We the people of Illinois should stand and remove the political assholes that are sucking our state dry. Mike Madigan, Dick Durbin and the rest of the self serving people there.

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    • April 18, 2018 at 12:37 pm
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      Not a good ideal you will force a lot of people to move out of the state. A lot more to go to jail because they will not be able to pay that kind of money for stickers but will drive without stickers . You are only hurting the people of Illinois buy doing this. There are other ways to generate taxes. Think about it other states have made a turn about and started making money and getting out of debt and not making their people suffer because of the states mistakes it is not the people’s fault the state mishandled its money. There are other ways just saying.

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      • April 21, 2018 at 9:32 pm
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        U are right more people cant move or there stuck in the cronyism from Chicago all because mike Madigan speaker of the house is out to $%__$$%<$$_< it time move out now best thing the state of il go bankrupt im sham live here in il state there few people including my self i yet got tags for my truck they ended back in November i don't believe gave any more money to this f STATE we all paid our dues live in thisgdam STATE and this jp running for governor if he wins we ars f again thanks to the Nazis state of il
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        I got 2 trucks 1 gmc other is ford tags done in
        June if are so be it i will not get them bif they go up 575 i done with fucking state

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    • April 18, 2018 at 1:54 pm
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      You HIT the NAIL on the HEAD!! Mike Madigan should have been gone years ago. Illinois is a disaster because of him and all palms that have gotten greased!

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  • April 17, 2018 at 10:05 pm
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    This goes deeper than our crooked government uses our tax money. It goes all the way to the highest seat in our federal government. Obana called for more mileage per gallon of gas while being our President. The federal gas tax was to be used for road repair. Now with cars using less gas less money is going into the pot for the repair cost.

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    • April 21, 2018 at 8:27 am
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      You a racist retard? Sound like one.

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      • April 22, 2018 at 4:50 pm
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        How is he a racist? Because he mentioned Obama? He never said anything about race.

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  • April 17, 2018 at 11:26 pm
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    All these legislators can FOAD. I can’t wait to move out of this hell hole state.

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  • April 17, 2018 at 11:39 pm
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    The government is a damn joke any more thinking that they need hundreds of thousands of dollars for their checks. Have them pay the damn funding since they think they are better than everyone else. But they aren’t nothing but lazy criminals scamming the whole state.

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  • April 18, 2018 at 5:24 am
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    Not everyone pays that kind of money for a phone, I sure don’t and the people I know who do buy it buy it through their phone plan on payment. This is a horrible idea. Why not take half of your income and put it into the state you people have more money than you will ever spend and since you cant spent it when you are dead why not come across some morals and common sense and put it into the state you say you love so much, prove it step up and put your money into the state instead of finding new ways to take ours away from us.

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    • April 21, 2018 at 10:44 pm
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      WE do not have smart phones, as we cannot Afford them! I also cannot afford to pay $500 for a damn Sticker!

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  • April 18, 2018 at 6:35 am
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    This may be the straw that breaks my back and I, like many of my friends, will leave this God forsaken state.

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  • April 18, 2018 at 7:51 am
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    Last o me out of Illinois please turn out the lights. I’m out

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  • April 18, 2018 at 8:47 am
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    Go figure we ate chaising people from Illinois brcause of this kind of crap can’t wait to get out tired of high taxes soon there will be no pne left to pay the taxes what are they going to do then

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  • April 18, 2018 at 8:54 am
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    Come on people they need raises in Springfield the government has ruined this and the people in this stsye are paying for it

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  • April 18, 2018 at 10:18 am
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    Oh yeah ! We gonna need that gas and plates on our vehicles to get the Hell out of here. The rapists in our state government have abused and misused the funds so long Illinois is soon to be a 3rd world country.

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  • April 18, 2018 at 11:22 am
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    Come on, this is just outrageous. You keep raising property taxes, state taxes, county taxes, and what do we get in return? LOSE your home. No wonder so many people are leaving Illinois.
    Plus who the hell pays $876.00 a year for a phone? I sure the hell don’t. Quit stealing from the people. Maybe you should stop taking a pay check and give it to the state, also give up everything you think your entitled to which we the people pay for. Your all money blood suckers.

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  • April 18, 2018 at 12:07 pm
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    If this happens I’m moving.

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  • April 18, 2018 at 1:09 pm
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    If this happens there WILL be many who leave this state. If they would quit stealing OUR money this wouldn’t have happened. Money grubbing officials can’t get enough money in their pockets. Some of us live on social security and absolutely cannot afford these ridiculous costs. Someone needs to audit ALL the state officials going back twenty years. There is absolutely no reason this state should be broke! There are many residents here, we pay one of the highest gas and property taxes. Something is very wrong. That woman who proposed this tax needs to live like the rest of us and see what it’s like. She’s a complete nut case!

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  • April 18, 2018 at 1:21 pm
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    Stop stealing our hard earned money then you would have the money to pay for the maintenance of our roads instead of making us pay for your corruptness. We bist our backs for the money we make, maybe if you did you wouldn’t be so quick to make us basically work for peanuts!!! I’m out of this bs state.

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  • April 18, 2018 at 3:38 pm
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    I want to know who the people are that proposing this crap, so I can get their names out to the public. The tax payers of this state are sick and tired of the lame politicians that are running it into the mud! They MUST BE EXPOSED. So we can flood their phones, and make dang sure they never get re-elected.

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  • April 18, 2018 at 9:15 pm
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    If the price goes up on license plate stickers, I’m out. I can take a job out of state with less pay and end up making more money. I would like to see where the lottery money is going. I’d like to see where the tax payers money is going. I’m sick and tired of this state screwing over it’s residents. You want to ban guns (cause you know, it’s works so well in cRook County. You want to raise gas prices higher, cause you need a new driveway for your multi million dollar home, we the residents bought for you, since you stole the tax money to pay for them. Enough is Enough. Screw Illinois.

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  • April 18, 2018 at 9:15 pm
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    Run! leave Illinois before you won’t be able to sell your property because no one will want to live here. There is a reason Illinois is the #1 state people are fleeing. The Democrats have ruined the state. Chicago takes all the money and the rest of the state suffers.

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  • April 19, 2018 at 1:17 am
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    Taxing your way out of incompetence and mismanagement isn’t a reasonable solution.

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  • April 19, 2018 at 2:17 am
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    Do it and I am out of here to Colorado. Been here 50 years and we keep getting screwed. You dummies do realize you will lose more money in the long run by doing this don’t you?

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  • April 19, 2018 at 10:26 am
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    I thought the TOLLS were supposed to pay for road repairs, they sure go up every year, plus they have added new tolls, so whats the problem????

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  • April 19, 2018 at 10:32 am
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    Why does the entire state need to be taxed to cover the problems Chicago has? If Chicago wants better roads, feel free to tax them more.

    City people problems.

    How is it that legislators don’t realize that half of the population of Illinois doesn’t live in their precious cities?

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  • April 19, 2018 at 10:40 am
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    If the state politicans would quit giving themselves raises and stop sending so much money to Chicago then everything would be fine and they need to stop their lies!

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  • April 19, 2018 at 10:54 am
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    I just had to sell my house in Illinois because of taxes. I am 72 years old and had lived in this home for over 45years. I have now moved out of Illinois and moved to Missouri to live with one of my children. I had been really sad about leaving Illinois, but after reading his article I really think I dodge a bullet. One day Madigan will be goe and maybe Illinois can be a great place to live again.

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  • April 19, 2018 at 12:24 pm
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    Looks like alot of people are going to move out of state the increase in everything is going to hurt alot of people in many ways and could put alot of people on the streets to live unless they start increasing the pay from $8.25 as minimum wage to about $15 just so people can live with less worry.

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  • April 20, 2018 at 9:42 am
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    We already have people stealing license stickers. The problem will become worse and make criminals out of the average citizen.

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  • April 20, 2018 at 11:08 am
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    If this is real, why havent we heard it on the news?

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  • April 21, 2018 at 1:57 am
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    Thank god I’ll be leaving this money hungry shithole of state very soon.
    They wonder why people and business are leaving and not coming back.
    They don’t give you any reason to stay here in this way overtaxed state with no good jobs why can’t Springfield lawmakers take a pay cut.
    Why do the people of downstate Illinois take it in the ass everytime they need money for Chicago or lawmakers need a pay raise they are already overpaid.

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  • April 21, 2018 at 6:29 am
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    Most of the people buying that $876 are on welfare and buying it with tax money anyway so the people that pay those taxes struggle to pay for a damn flip phone.

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  • April 21, 2018 at 1:33 pm
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    I think the solution is to give Chicago to Wisconsin. It can be South Milwaukee. That would solve so many issues. Then the votes of the other 90% of the state would actually count and we can get the legal organized crime out of our state.

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  • April 21, 2018 at 9:44 pm
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    All mike Madigan speaker of the house put in prisons right along with Hillary Clinton and Obama rest of the il cronyism from Chicago dont real food make them eat rat poison slowly
    Die like us people who pay there bills this show who pills the bills

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  • April 22, 2018 at 8:53 am
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    It’s hard to leave a place that you have lived in your whole life. We have had this place since 1937.
    But we are very close to calling it quits, and leaving.
    It’s a damn shame, absolutely no one you talk to, or read a post from is in favor of what’s going on in this State, but the same crooks that pass these theft policies continue to be elected.
    Explain that!!!

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  • April 22, 2018 at 8:45 pm
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    Already have to go to Missouri for food, cigarettes, and gas looks like now we can add plates to the list as well……..

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