White House might tax motorists by the mile to fund infrastructure plan

The Biden administration is considering imposing a vehicle mileage tax on Americans — as a way to fund a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure plan set to be announced by President Biden, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Friday.

“I think that shows a lot of promise… If we believe in that so-called user-pays principle, the idea that part of how we pay for roads is you pay based on how much you drive,” Buttigieg said on CNBC during an interview.

“The gas tax used to be the obvious way to do it; it’s not anymore… So, a so-called vehicle miles traveled tax or a mileage tax, whatever you want to call it, could be the way to do it.”

The levy would tax drivers on the number of miles they travel, as opposed to the amount of gasoline they consume, which is no longer a reliable stream of income with so many electric cars on the road.

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