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Pete Buttigieg backs away from miles driven tax

March 30, 2021

Last weekend Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg floated the idea of funding an infrastructure bill with a regressive miles driven tax which would have disproportionally hurt the lower classes and minorities. The outcry must have been overwhelming because yesterday Pete Buttigieg backtracked from the idea, claiming this is not on the table. Here is more:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg ruled out plans on Monday to increase in the federal gas tax or charge drivers a fee based on miles driven to pay for the Biden administration’s $3 trillion infrastructure plan.

“That’s not part of the conversation about this infrastructure bill,” Buttigieg told CNN on Monday when asked about implementing a vehicle-miles-traveled fee in lieu of taxes paid at the gas pump. “Just want to make sure that’s really clear,” he added. “But you will be hearing a lot more details in the coming days about how we envision to be able to fund this.”

Buttigieg also dismissed the suggestion of a gas tax increase to pay for rebuilding the nations roads, tunnels and bridges but he said measures being discussed “are carefully thought through, responsible ideas that ultimately are going to be a win for the economy.”

Well this is certainly good news, if we can take what he says at face value and this is not snuck into another, unrelated bill, however you did notice that there is going to be some kind of new tax or tax increase coming our way? And once again I can guarantee this tax will not be just on those making over $400,000, despite Joe Biden’s promise…

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Chip permalink
    March 30, 2021 9:05 am

    Psaki already said that 400,000 was on couples it will be 200,000 on individuals

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  2. March 30, 2021 9:47 am

    If it moves tax it! If it doesn’t, tax it!!
    Since my daily commute is 100 miles Butthead really pissed me off. Moving is not an option.
    I won’t live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul crime ridden, disaster area.
    Finding another job as good as I have is not an option, especially since retirement is a year away.
    Politicians suck..

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  3. March 31, 2021 7:53 am

    Pete is waiting for the Health care bill coming up where everyone will be required to have a smart phone… thus able to add an app to keep track of mileage. You betcha. My insurance carrier offered a discount if I would add an app to my phone to track my mileage..

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