A Resolution We Adopted

48th Legislative District Democrats Resolution

At the regular monthly meeting of the 48th Legislative District Democrats organized as part of the King County Democrats on February 16, 2011, the following resolution was proposed and approved by the members present:

WHEREAS it is Washington State policy to promote the expedited adoption of electric vehicles because of their contributions to the reduction of greenhouse gases and use of fossil fuels as evidenced by the passage into law of House Bill 1481 2009 – 2010, Regarding Electric Vehicles;
WHEREAS House Bill 1481 provides to new electric vehicle purchasers, the incentive of an exemption from the State sales tax through July 1, 2015;
WHEREAS electric vehicles use their electrical fuel four to five times more efficiently than a gasoline Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle as evidenced by the EPA Fuel Economy Rating of 95+ MPGe for both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf electric vehicles;
WHEREAS electric vehicles do not spill or drip toxic fluids (gasoline, coolant, motor oil) onto State’s roadways that contribute to roadway deterioration and eventually the degradation of the State’s waters, both of which require significant amounts of State funds to be expended for the mitigation of these contaminants from gasoline ICE vehicles;
WHEREAS the representative of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratories testified at a public hearing for House Bill 1481, that electric vehicles charging their batteries at off-peak hours using the State’s existing electrical generating and distribution capacities exerts downward pressure on electrical utility rates needing to be charged to the ratepayers and adds employment opportunities for workers in the electrical industry;
WHEREAS the $100.00 license fee proposed in-lieu-of gas tax, a provision in the current version of Senate Bill 5251, represents a fee in excess of at least 200% up to 1000% more paid by an electric vehicle owner than would be paid in gas tax by the owner of a gasoline ICE vehicle having a comparable EPA Fuel Economy Rating;
WHEREAS the fiscal note for Senate Bill 5251 predicts that the annual total gross revenues from the $100.00 fee in-lieu-of gas tax will reach a maximum of six hundredths of 1% (less than $600,000) of the more than $1 billion in annual gas tax revenues that will be collected during the current and next biennia;
WHEREAS Washington State is currently unable to implement a fair Vehicle Miles Traveled in-lieu-of gas tax system that would allow electric vehicle owners to pay a fair share for using Washington State roadways;
BE IT RESOLVED, that the 48th Legislative District Democrats strongly encourage their District’s Legislators to vote against Senate Bill 5251 unless the annual fee is amended to be not more than $50.00 and electric vehicles with a top speed of 35 miles per hours or less are exempt from the paying the fee.