Q: I use unfiltered gas to refill my combustion engine. When I build, I pay taxes to maintain and build new roads. The electric cars use the same methods I do, but they pay zero gas tax. If the sale of electric cars increases, the tax base will actually be reduced. Does Governor Walt plan to solve this problem in the future?

A: If he does, he will not ask us.

This question was forwarded to the communications department in the governor’s office, but the answer did not come from there.

Not surprisingly, the title of fresh potato was handed over to the Department of Transportation, but it was handed over to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Ask us Guy did not know exactly why the MPCA was stuck, but he began to learn something about the MPCA’s communications director that he did not know about transportation costs. Ask us Guy is the main source of road revenue in Minnesota.

No, according to MPCA Darren Bronton. Only about a third of the highway fund comes from oil taxes.

“Most of the funding comes from vehicle sales tax and registration fees,” Broton said. EV owners pay less for these cars than for people who buy regular cars and trucks. … There is also an annual fee of $ 75 that EV owners pay for their vehicles. ”

So electric car drivers are not a complete liberator by any means. However, when many people switch to electric vehicles, they need to pay for gas taxes.

As our transport system continues to shift to electric vehicles, federal, state and local policymakers need to revisit long-term funding options for infrastructure, ”he said.

Q: To my knowledge, roads are not sealed every year. Is there a reason they are not?

It seems that asphalt and concrete driveways should be used to prolong the life of this road, so it seems reasonable to assume that our roads and highways followed the same logic.

A: The basis for this question may be the “annual basis” because local cities, counties, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation certainly seal the streets and roads. This month, everyone driving in the area is probably on the road or on the road with a new treatment – tarx-like stuffed like a pack and thick pea or rock chips laid out on top. After a few days of traffic jams, loose rocks were cleared and roads were blocked. (By the way, small rocks are not the only way to prevent cars from being tarmaced.

Ask us how long the roads have been sealed. . All of those paved roads have at least two lanes, many have three or four. So that’s a lot of asphalt and concrete.

“We make about 45 miles a year,” says Tilges.

That allows all winding paved roads to be covered every seven to 10 years.

The process slows down the road to oxidation, otherwise it will decompose and become more vulnerable to damage to vehicles and the weather.

“That is an important pedestrian protection,” he said.

So why not do it every year, as some homeowners do on their streets?

He said it is not practical or really necessary to do it every year on the roads. Tilges said the county’s use seal is more durable and more expensive than home improvement stores. What we put on our roads is a little more expensive than the black jumps that people see on the streets.

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