Senate Infrastructure Bill Gives Feds Go-Ahead to Test Taxing Every Mile Americans Drive

Buried in the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” in the U.S. Senate is approval for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to test a new federal tax on every mile driven by individual Americans. The bill directs Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to establish a pilot program to demonstrate a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee designed “to restore and maintain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.” The objectives of the pilot program include: To test the design, acceptance, implementation, and financial sustainability of a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee. To address the need for additional revenue for surface transportation infrastructure and a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee. To provide recommendations relating to the adoption and implementation of a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee. Although the new tax is described as a pilot program and would initially rely upon “volunteers” representing all 50 states, the infrastructure ...

Senate Infrastructure Bill Gives Feds Go-Ahead to Test
Taxing Every Mile Americans Drive
Buried in the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” in the U.S. Senate is approval for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to test a new federal tax on every mile driven by individual Americans. The bill directs Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to establish a pilot program to demonstrate a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee designed “to restore and maintain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.” The objectives of the pilot program include: To test the design, acceptance, implementation, and financial sustainability of a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee. To address the need for additional revenue for surface transportation infrastructure and a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee. To provide recommendations relating to the adoption and implementation of a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee. Although the new tax is described as a pilot program and would initially rely upon “volunteers” representing all 50 states, the infrastructure ...