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Chris Celeste
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FYI – that study was done because it’s part of the phase out legislation, not because someone thought it would be a good idea to keep taxing cars.
See: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE44/44-34.1/44-34.1-2.htm
subsection (b)(6):
(6) For fiscal year 2020 and thereafter, the department of revenue shall assess the feasibility of standardizing the motor vehicle and trailer excise tax calculation methodology across all cities, towns, and fire departments. Based on this assessment, the department of revenue may make recommendations for changes to the motor vehicle and trailer excise tax calculation methodology.
Beginning on January 1, 2021, the director of the department of revenue shall file an annual report for the consideration of the general assembly with the president of the senate, speaker of the house, chairperson of the senate committee on finance and chairperson of the house committee on finance, containing recommendations and findings as to the feasibility of the motor vehicle excise tax phase-out in each year until the phase-out is complete.