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Houston Chronicle. Texas state Senator Kip Averitt, R-Waco has filed an omnibus clean-air and energy bill that would give a $4,000 state subsidy to plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) buyers.

Gov. Rick Perry first proposed a tax credit of $5,000 for plug-in hybrids buyers in his State of the State speech last month. Allison Castle, a Perry spokeswoman, said money to pay for the rebate program would come from the Texas Emission Reduction Program, which is funded by vehicle title transfer fees and currently has a balance in excess of $200 million.

Perry is proposing funding for the rebate program become available in 2011, about a year after Chevrolet has said it would roll out its own plug-in hybrid, the Volt....A federal tax credit approved last fall of up to $7,500 is expected to ease initial sticker shock. In all, Texans could see a rebate up to almost $12,000 from state and federal tax credits.

Also, State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas is pushing a measure to replace the state’s fleet of vehicles with plug-in hybrids if they prove to be cost effective.

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