President Biden’s incoming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is running around floating the idea of taxing Americans for the number of miles they drive, a policy he endorsed as a Democratic presidential candidate.
What’s happening here is the Biden Administration is frantically looking for a way to fund its $1trillion infrastructure plan.
Buttigieg did acknowledged that “privacy concerns” related to implementing a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) system but said it should be considered as a potential replacement for the gas tax.
During Pete Buttigieg’s confirmation hearing in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on Thursday, Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott questioned him on if he’s all for increasing the federal gas tax, which is currently charged to drivers in addition to state gas taxes. The federal gas and diesel tax is the primary source of funding for the Federal Highway Trust Fund.
“I think all options need to be on the table, as you know, the [federal] gas tax has not been increased since 1993, and it has never been pegged to inflation, and it’s one of the reasons why the current state of Highway Trust Fund is that there’s more going out than coming in,” Buttigieg replied.