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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Transportation Commission voted this week to ask the Legislature to fund a year-long test of a road usage tax that would replace the gas tax. 


The system would be a pay-by-the-mile tax, and consultants are saying it would be more fair, according to The Olympian. Estimates are that a tax of about 2 cents a mile would raise about as much as the state's current gas tax of 37 cents a gallon. 


It is unclear how exactly the system would be implemented, however Commission Executive Director Reema Griffith says drivers could be offered to pay many ways, including a flat fee for unlimited miles, charges based on odometer readings, or miles measured by a smartphone app or reporting device plugged into your car. 

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