Wheeled protest aimed a 'clean car' tax

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hybrid and electric vehicle owners are heading to the Capitol in Richmond to protest proposed legislation that assesses a $100 tax on their vehicles.

The wheeled protest Thursday is aimed at Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed transportation plan, which moved ahead in the Legislature on Wednesday. It would eliminate the state's 17.5-cent per gallon gas tax and replace it with a sales tax increase of less than a penny on the dollar. McDonnell's proposal would also impose the $100 fee on hybrid cars.

Organizers also will be protesting what they call the dismantling of a 2007 law that allows utilities to receive financial incentives for using renewable energy. Proposed legislation would narrow the renewable energy types that would qualify for the incentives.

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