President Joe Biden’s upcoming infrastructure plan promises many great things — creating more jobs, revamping infrastructure, and fighting climate change before improving education and expanding paid leave and health-care coverage.
The Biden administration is looking for ways to fund the $2-$3 trillion plan. One of these is the “traveled tax or mileage tax,” a proposed way to tax people by the miles they drive.
“What about a mileage-based tax?” a reporter asked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “I think that shows a lot of promise,” he said. “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 — the gas tax used to be the obvious way to do it,” said.
“It’s not anymore, so so-called vehicle miles traveled tax or mileage tax, whatever you want to call it, could be a way to do it,” he continued.
The price of gas has increased by 25 percent since President Biden took office in January, and this proposed tax would make it difficult for many people.
If this tax idea goes through, it would negatively impact the poor and middle class the most.