Buttigieg backtracks, says no per-mile tax being discussed

by Jenny Mount · Mar 30th, 2021 10:32 am

Last Updated Mar 31st, 2021 at 10:08 pm

Just days after publicly musing that taxing drivers per mile to pay for infrastructure projects "shows a lot of promise," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg backtracked the comment on Monday.

The secretary firmly ruled out any speculation that either a per-mile charge or an increase in the federal gas tax would be part of the upcoming massive $3 trillion infrastructure bill that will soon be introduced by the Biden administration.

"That's not part of the conversation about this infrastructure bill," Buttigieg said Monday on CNN. "Just want to make sure that's really clear. But you will be hearing a lot more details in the coming days about how we envision to be able to fund this."

Government revenue to pay for the federal highway fund is currently around $34 billion a year, while federal spending for its projects exceed $50 billion annually.


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