Do you like the idea of being taxed for every mile you drive? Democrats do.
Buried in their massive infrastructure bill is a pilot for just such a plan. Think of it as a dry run.
This idea has two benefits, as Democrats see it. First, they get a new source of tax revenue. Second, they discourage people from driving their own cars, which helps fight climate change. This is actually the way they think.
The Daily Mail reported:
Pilot plan to tax drivers per MILE hidden in Biden’s $1.2 trillion deal
American drivers could soon trade paying taxes on gas at the pump for owing the government annual ‘per-mile user fees,’ under a new pilot program recently passed by the Senate in Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal.
The bill passed a Senate vote on Tuesday and will go on to the House of Representatives.
The massive deal puts $125 million toward exploring the possibility of a federal vehicle miles traveled tax (VMT) by funding the launch of federal, state and local VMT pilot programs.
It gives Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg the ability to award grants to local and regional entities ‘to carry out pilot projects’ of the VMT tax.
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Both everyday drivers and commercial freight drivers from all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico would have to be enrolled in the voluntary program, the bill text reads.
The DOT would calculate drivers’ payments quarterly.
It also calls on the DOT secretary to carry out a public awareness campaign on per-mile use fees.
What a stunningly awful idea. And guess who will get hit the hardest… Working class people.
Biden's new driving tax is expected to cost you about 8 cents/mile
Average person drives 15k miles/year
Get ready to pay an extra $1,200 a year (or about 1 month's rent)
This won't hurt the rich, but the real median per person income is only $35,977
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) September 29, 2021
So much for Biden’s promise that no one making under $400,000 would pay higher taxes.
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