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Arizona Senate Passed Omnibus Tax Bill, Sneaking in a Punitive Tax on Electric Vehicles

Posted by Cayli Baker on Mar 3, 2021

Arizona Senate passes SB1108 by a vote of 17-13. The bill would levy the highest annual tax in the nation on electric vehicle owners.

PHOENIX, March 3, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy reacted to Arizona Senate passage of SB 1108* today, an omnibus tax bill that levies an annual tax of $110 on electric vehicle owners. The bill presents an overall net decrease in taxes, allowing it to avoid requirements for a two-thirds supermajority passage. The final Senate vote was 17-13.

If passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey, this tax on EVs will be among the highest in the nation and will curtail growth of the state’s EV market, an industry that has a vital supply chain and manufacturing pipeline in the state.

“This punitive bill sends the wrong signal to EV manufacturers in the state and hurts business growth and opportunity at a time when the focus should be on economic recovery. AEE is ready to have a real conversation around how to fill the state’s transportation funding gap. Creating an unfair tax on EV users is not the answer,” said Shelby Stults, Principal and Arizona state lead at Advanced Energy Economy.

“An average new 2021 passenger vehicle owner would only pay about $77 in annual gas tax in Arizona.” said Stults. “This bill would have EVs pay 60% more than a conventional light-duty passenger vehicle, in addition to sales tax in most cases.”

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About Advanced Energy Economy
Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) is a national association of businesses that are making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. AEE is the only industry association in the U.S. that represents the full range of advanced energy technologies and services, both grid-scale and distributed. Advanced energy includes energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, wind, solar, hydro, nuclear, electric vehicles, and more. AEE’s mission is to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy businesses. Engaged at the federal level and more than a dozen states around the country, AEE represents more than 100 companies in the $238 billion U.S. advanced energy industry, which employs 3.6 million U.S. workers. AEE's PowerSuite online platform allows users to track regulatory and legislative issues in state legislatures, U.S. Congress, state PUCs, RTOs/ISOs, and FERC. Sign up for a free trial at powersuite.aee.net. Follow us at @AEEnet.
 

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