As Gas Prices Rise, Lawmaker Wants Gas Tax Cap – NBC Chicago

There’s no getting around it – gas prices continue to rise, making people feel the pinch at the pumps. Illinois is one of the states hardest hit by gas prices, as the second highest taxed state at the pump, behind California.

“The government shouldn’t be able to enjoy a windfall of taxpayer-funded revenue during a time of crisis like this,” Illinois State Sen. Dave Syverson said.

Every time you fuel up in Illinois, you pay three different taxes: road tax, which pays for infrastructure projects; federal tax; and finally, sales tax. Road and federal taxes are flat rate, while sales tax rises and falls with the price of the pump. Syverson wants to cap sales tax at last year’s average of 18%.

“The government does not need this money. They hadn’t planned for this money, so why give the government a windfall of revenue that the money can do much better in the pockets of struggling taxpayers,” Syverson said.

Siverson thinks the surrounding states have the upper hand. While he doesn’t want to give up a sales tax, he thinks Illinois gas stations could lose out to their neighbors.

“As this sales tax increases more and more, people who live on the border are crossing over to other states to fill up,” Syverson said.

To learn more about this proposal, click on this link. Syverson tells NBC 5 that he would like to get a vote on the bill in the spring session.

Meanwhile, Chicagoans took a break from the pumps after businessman Willie Wilson announced he would donate $200,000 to 10 different gas stations. The move drew hundreds of people to petrol stations looking for a break.

“It’s my truck here, so it costs $120 to fill up. $50 probably gets me half of something – better than nothing,” said Marcus Houston, a man who was stocking up.

It’s unclear if Wilson plans to hold another free gas event in the future.

NBC Chicago

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