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States weigh charging by the mile as fuel taxes plummet - fox29.com - state Virginia - state Oregon - state Hawaii - state Utah - state Colorado
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States weigh charging by the mile as fuel taxes plummet
Gas taxes have been used for more than a century for the purpose.The problem that has developed is those taxes are generating less each year due to inflation, fuel efficiency and the rise of electric cars. States are experimenting with various ideas that could eventually replace those taxes.One proposal that seems to be gaining in popularity would be to charge drivers by the mile instead of the gallon. Other ideas that have been presented include taxing electricity from public vehicle charging stations.Another is to tack charges onto door-to-door package deliveries. States are now weighing whether to start making the programs mandatory.In 2015, Oregon began a pilot program charging motorists by the distance their vehicle travels rather than the gas it guzzles.To participate, drivers plug a device into their vehicle and create an account to capture mileage data.The federal government is about to pilot its own program, funded by $125 million from President Biden's infrastructure measure that he signed in November 2021.So far, only three states, Oregon, Utah and Virginia are generating revenue from road usage charges.Hawaii will join them next.Last year, Colorado began adding a 27-cent tax to home deliveries from Amazon and other online retailers to help fund transportation projects.Other states have been testing electronic toll systems.Electric car sales in the U.S. rose from just 0.1% of total car sales in 2011 to 4.6% in 2021, according to the U.S.
Germany to provide $1.4 billion to Holocaust survivors globally in 2024 - fox29.com - New York - Germany - city Berlin - Belgium - city Brussels, Belgium
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FILE - Holocaust memorial and the 2,711 tombs by architect Peter Eisenman, in Mitte area of Berlin. (Photo by michel Setboun/Corbis via Getty Images) BERLIN - The organization that handles claims on behalf of Jews who suffered under the Nazis said Thursday that Germany has agreed to extend another $1.4 billion (1.29 billion euros) overall for Holocaust survivors around the globe for the coming year.The compensation was negotiated with Germany's finance ministry and includes $888.9 million to provide home care and supportive services for frail and vulnerable Holocaust survivors.Additionally, increases of $175 million to symbolic payments of the Hardship Fund Supplemental program have been achieved, impacting more than 128,000 Holocaust survivors globally, according to the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, also referred to as the Claims Conference."Every year these negotiations become more and more critical as this last generation of Holocaust survivors age and their needs increase," said Greg Schneider, the Claims Conference’s executive vice president."Being able to ensure direct payments to survivors in addition to the expansions to the social welfare services is essential in making sure every Holocaust survivor is taken care of for as long as it is required, addressing each individual need," Schneider added.Concentration camp survivor Margot Friedlander addressed the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.
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